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Francesca Elloway is a CMS mission partner working as the medical advisor to the Diocese of Aru, in the Ituri region in the north east DR Congo where she has been since 1994. For 15 years she was the coordinator of the Diocese of Aru's medical work, known as the Service Medical, but in 2008 handed this over to two of her colleagues. This has enabled her to concentrate in particular on introducing palliative care to the area and beyond.
Francesca completed a distance learning diploma in palliative medicine from the UK in 2011 and whilst studying for this gradually started to introduce the philosophy of holistic palliative care within the Aru area. The palliative care programme currently incorporates both hospital and home-based care as well as education for both medical personnel through workshops and for the general population through weekly radio broadcasts.
Francesca has increasingly become involved in supporting palliative care further afield in Africa, and especially in Francophone countries working from time to time with the International Department of Hospice Africa Uganda. She is also heavily involved in teaching both at the government nursing school and the Diocese of Aru's degree-level nursing college, which opened in 2010, as well as in the on-going continual medical education of personnel at the various hospitals and health centres run by the Service Medical. In particular she supports the medical work at the hospital in Aru, undertaking consultations and giving advice to the staff.
Francesca read Physics at Bristol University and enjoyed an early career as a physicist, including gaining a PhD, before switching to medicine and training as a general practitioner. One of the reasons for her career change was that medicine would present more opportunities for overseas work. After qualifying as a GP in 1990, she worked in Avon and for several short periods helped in hospitals in India, Kenya Swaziland and Pakistan. She then did specialist training at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and four months learning French, before travelling to what was then Zaire in January 1994.
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Francesca grew up in London, moving to Bristol in 1971 to read Physics at Bristol University. She enjoyed an early career as a physicist, including gaining a PhD, before switching to medicine and training as a General Practitioner. One of the reasons for her career change was that medicine would present more opportunities for overseas work. After qualifying as a GP in 1990, she worked in Avon and for several short periods helped in hospitals in India, Kenya, Swaziland and Pakistan. A member of Christ Church Clifton, Bristol, Francesca was involved with children's work, catering, house groups, christian basic groups, and mission meetings.
Francesca then did specialist training at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as well as spending two terms at the CMS training college, Crowther Hall, and four months learning French, before travelling to what was then ZaIre in January 1994.
At times, fighting in Congo has obliged her to move across the border to Uganda, from where she has continued her work – on both sides of the border. There has been damage to her clinic and looting of equipment, but each time she has worked valiantly to restore the clinic and her team. Without doubt, she has consistently brought much needed relief to the people of a region that most of the world regards as just too difficult.
Francesca loves the opportunity to participate in sport, particularly tennis, cycling and swimming, and wishes there was more opportunity for these in Aru!
Do please pray for Francesca and her work in your prayers.
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