28th January 2010
Rev Dr Pat Nickson OBE was honoured for her work by The Liverpool School of Tropcial Medicine.
The LSTM, the ?Institut Panafricain de Sant? Communautaire et Medecine Tropicale? (known as IPASC), ?Kensington Remembers ?and the Congolese Association of Merseyside brought together a host of people who had known Pat Nickson. The event included the naming of a teaching room in Pat?s memory in the School, The Nickson Teaching Room. Some of her family were there to witness the special event.
With Congolese music and a great a spread of food organised by folk from St.Mary?s Upton, we heard several people speak about Pat?s radical vision for community health. She has had a massive influence far beyond her corner of DR Congo. Her faith shone through and the Bishop of Birmingham, David Urquhart, ended the evening by encouraging us to ?seize the challenge?. What challenge? Having seen Pat?s heart, driven by a desire to serve people and her love for Christ, we too could seek ?to make a difference wherever we are?: (The motto of St.Mary?s Upton). Richard Williams also spoke about his role with IPASC.
During the evening we watched an eighty minutes BBC4 documentary called, ?White King; Red Rubber; Black Death? which recorded the enormous suffering of DR Congo (excerpts can be viewed on YouTube). Ten million people died over a period of thirty years during the Belgian rule in Congo in early 1900. Discussions afterwards reminded us that five million had died recently between 1998 and 2005. This was the context that Pat Nickson has been working. Her pioneering work with IPASC in the context of war and trouble has been a total inspiration.