In 2007 Corrie took two years out from work to go as a volunteer for VSO in Tanzania, working in a rural hospital with very limited resources, as head of the HIV services and head of maternity care. As in many hospitals in East Africa, she was the only university trained doctor in the hospital. It made her more aware of the need of many African countries for skilled medical staff.
After her return to the UK, with that experience in Africa, Corrie felt God calling her to devote the rest of her working life there, demonstrating God’s love, sharing her skills and contributing to improving the health and wellbeing of women and their families.
The rate of mothers dying in childbirth in most of Africa is some 50 times higher than in the UK. Most of those deaths are preventable with easy and low cost interventions. It is one of the World Health Organisation’s millennium goals to reduce maternal mortality. Under the banner of CMS, Corrie Verduyn is now working at Kiwoko Hospital in Luwero Diocese, Uganda.
The hospital has a strong Christian foundation, with evangelism and medical help going hand in hand. As a doctor, Corrie is using her skills and training as the clinical lead for women’s health, obstetrics and gynaecology.