Medical DirectorDr Jean-François Negrini serves as surgeon consultant at the CURE Hospital in Niger. He graduated from the University of Geneva in 1988 and did his post-graduate training in general surgery in Switzerland (1988-1997). He resigned from his job in 2000 and worked in Bangladesh with the Leprosy Mission (DBLM Hospital, Nilphamari), taking care of patients with disabilities both Leprosy and non Leprosy related. While in Bangladesh, he developed the expertise to handle children with tropical disabilities thanks to the input of expert visiting teams. He resigned in May 2010, due to the need for a school for his children, and started his new job with CURE Niger in August 2010.
Spiritual DirectorDan Karami Hassane is the Spiritual Director at the CURE Niger hospital, the organization’s newest facility. Hassane has a diverse professional background. Before coming to CURE, he trained leaders of public and private companies in management and computer systems. He also worked for the Nigerien government for more than 20 years in various IT-related functions. He has a master’s of science in computer science and has studied abroad in Gabon and Canada. Hassane has also been active in spiritual ministry in his home country, holding a Master’s of Divinity in Christian Education from Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology. His activities include: heading a committee that launched a national organization of Nigerien evangelical churches and missions, representing Niger’s Christians in the country’s parliament; teaching at a theological seminary; and starting a mission agency (ForMission) to train and send young Nigeriens into the mission field. He is married to a Kenyan missionary named Mary, and they have seven children.
Spiritual DirectorJoshua Korn serves as the Spiritual Director of CURE’s Hospital in Niamey, Niger. After growing up in West Africa (Togo and Ivory Coast), and in Israel, Joshua attended Gordon College, where he graduated with degrees in History and French. He returned to Israel and received an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva. After this, he then began working as a writer and editor for Musalaha, a Jerusalem-based non-profit organization which seeks to facilitate reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. Joshua and his wife Julie were married in Israel in 2008.
Executive DirectorJohn Philip Adams serves as the Executive Director at the CURE Niger Hospital in Niamey. Philip previously served CURE in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he was in charge of the Hospital Standards Program. He worked closely with the Afghan government to establish operational standards in leadership, management, organizational and facilities management for their hospitals. Philip and his wife, Jennifer, have spent more than 25 years as missionaries in many parts of the world. Philip is a native French speaker, raised by missionary parents in France. While in the United States, they call Knoxville, TN, home. Philip and Jennifer started their service in Niger at the end of 2012.
Art TherapistJulie Korn serves as an art therapist for the children at the CURE hospital in Niger, alongside her husband Joshua Korn, the CURE Niger Spiritual Director. She was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, where her father serves as the senior pastor of an International church. Julie completed high school in Jerusalem and then went to the United States for college where she received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Gordon College in Massachusetts. After shadowing an art therapist while teaching at a home for emotionally disturbed children in Massachusetts, she found her passion for working with children and helping them to heal emotionally through the use of art therapy. She returned to Israel and received her M.A. in art therapy from Lesley University in Netanya. She and her husband live in Niger and are in the process of adopting a precious little boy named Leon.