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In 2016/18, ICROSS is launching its latest major project that is within the Strategic Plan 2015-2020 . Over the last 37 years, we have built and dedicated many clinics to those who have provided service and support to Africa. These include The Sharon Wilkinson C linic, The Father Paul Cunningham Clinic, and the Professor Ronan Conroy Clinic. All our Clinics are in remote areas of extreme poverty. One of the most important clinics we have dedicated is to D octor Joe Barnes, the C o-Founder of ICROSS , who is now 101 years old.
We are working in a very difficult time for UK charities, with thousands of charities having closed over the last five years. Over 2 , 500 Kenyan NGOs have closed down in the last two years. One of the mainstays, of ICROSS International has been the continued commitment of Doctor Thomas Ernst over many years , For over a decade Dr Thomas Ernst, has served the acutely ill in the UK . What many do not know is that during his many visits to Africa he has cared for and supported many thousands of nomads and rural people who live in extreme poverty. Thomas has privately supported Child Survival, Malnutrition and Mothers Health for many thousands in Africa.
ICROSS has treated over 260,000 patients in 2015 and our main donor was Dr Ernst. In consultation with the Government of Kenya and the Ministry of Health, we have elected to name our next clinic after Dr Thomas Andreas Ernst, in appreciation of his dedication and compassion in serving those in extreme poverty in Africa.
The Dr Thomas Ernst Clinic will serve over 25,000 people near the Tanzanian border, and shall be a lasting testimony to the care and medical sacrifice of a true Physician. For Dr Ernst, this has been a journey of service coupled with deep faith and service without recogni- tion, which we at ICROSS want to celebrate. Everyone who knows Thomas understands how deeply he cherishes the lost and the hurt. This is why we will honour his name at this clinic in the most remote and poorest area of Africa. It will bear his name forever as a testament to humanitarian love and commitment.