Shepton Mallet Benefice Churches

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Hello from DR Congo!

We support Dr Francesca Elloway in Aru

When I applied to Church Mission Society in 1991, I did not feel a calling to a particular country or continent. I was happy to leave the choice of location in God’s hands. I wanted to be involved in healthcare within a community rather than in a hospital and the opportunity in Aru fitted in with this. My primary role is as a medical advisor in Aru diocese where I am involved clinically, particularly with patients with palliative care needs or with chronic diseases.

 This role also includes teaching and supporting my colleagues, particularly in management and administrative issues. In addition, I have become increasingly involved in palliative care outside Aru though a link with Hospice Africa, Uganda, with whom I work in developing and supporting palliative care in other African Francophone countries through teaching and visits.

My Call

I felt God starting to call me to serve him overseas many years before I went overseas as a long term mission partner. This sense of calling grew as I undertook various short term placements overseas.

My Role

As medical adviser in the Diocese of Aru, I’m involved in clinical work, teaching, advising colleagues and developing palliative care.

Read more about Francesca Elloway

I was brought up in London and initially trained and worked as a physicist for 10 years before studying medicine. Part of the reason for this career change was the beginning of my calling to work overseas. After training as a GP, I worked for a few years in Bristol and helped for short periods in hospitals in India, Swaziland, Kenya and Pakistan. 

I arrived in Aru in 1994. For around 17 years I was coordinator of the Church’s medical work in the Aru area. I gradually handed over leadership, freeing me up to pursue my interest in palliative care. I undertook a two-year distance learning diploma in palliative medicine from Cardiff University and started to introduce the concepts of palliative care locally. This has developed to include running a home-based palliative care service and working with the Church and medical colleagues to provide holistic care.