Inland Mission

Zillah Whitehouse

Sent from Above Bar Church, Southampton

Zillah serves as a Physiotherapist at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology, working alongside national colleagues in treatment, training and discipleship.

80% of Uganda is engaged in agriculture. The healthy economy of the 1960s was crippled in 1972 by the expulsion of the Asian business community, and then virtually destroyed by tyranny and wars. It has steadily improved since 1992. Under previous government regimes there were restrictions on persecuted Christians, but there is now freedom of religion.

In 2009 Zillah moved to Mbarara, Uganda to work as a physiotherapist with the local AIM team based there. The team has a vision of participating with the local church in discipleship, particularly through the fields of education, healthcare and community development. As such, Zillah’s work has been divided between the local government hospital and university. The hospital had an already active Physiotherapy department which had been developing a vision to start the first physiotherapy degree programme in Uganda at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Zillah helped them in this endeavour and participated in the excitement of the course starting, with its first intake of students in August 2012. Now, her role is a mix of teaching and caring. She assists with the administration of the Physiotherapy course at the university and delivers lectures to physiotherapy, medical and nursing students. Her physio work has continued too, as she treats patients in the hospital.

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Partner with Zillah Whitehouse

Zillah is a physiotherapist in the local hospital in Mbarara, Uganda and participates with the local church in discipleship.

If you would like to partner with Zillah in your prayers, gifts and practical support, please download and complete this form and return to Freepost RTJH-JRZE-XXKX Africa Inland Mission, Halifax Place, Nottingham NG1 1QN.

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