The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board (CBCHB) seeks to assist in the provision of care to all, who need it as an expression of Christian love and as a means of witness, in order that they might be brought to God through Jesus Christ. Thus, the Health Board shall provide exemplary health care with genuine compassion and with overriding purpose of evangelical witness.
The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) is a nonprofit, Faith-based health care organization, which started over 60 years ago in a small village (Mbem) in Donga-Mantung Division, in the North West Region of Cameroon. It has over the years covered seven of Cameroon’s 10 regions: Northwest, Southwest, Center, West, Adamawa, Littoral and South.
Our services range from village Primary Health Care to highly specialized hospital-based care with integrated spiritual and social services. It comprises of 6 hospitals (2 of which are 250 bed hospitals), over 25 Integrated Health Centers, 50 Primary Health Centers, Pharmaceutical Procurement and Distribution Departments.
CBCHS runs a Baptist Training School for Health Personnel (BTSHP), a Center for Clinical Pastoral Education and Social Services (CECPES), Services for Persons with Disabilities and a comprehensive AIDS Care and Prevention program among others.
CBCHS works in partnership with national and international governmental and nongovernmental health care organizations, and funding agencies in Africa and other parts of the world.
The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services’ (CBCHS) activities span beyond healthcare provision to poverty alleviation. The CBCHS sponsors micro project loans to women through the Women’s Initiative for Health Education and Economic Development Cameroon (WINHEEDCAM) Website: www.winheedcam.org. This body receives funding from the US based philanthropic organization, endPoverty.org. To better manage these loans and provide trustworthy banking services, the Services created the Mutual Guarantee Financing Company (MUGFIC), a microfinance institution, which functions with credibility, efficiency and transparency. Website: www.mugfic.com.
Both WINHEEDCAM and MUGFIC empower the poor financially to enable them invest in productive activities and become self-dependent. In a bid to break the vicious cycle of poverty and disability, the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) has pioneered the provision of relatively cheap and affordable services to Cameroonians through formal education for people with disabilities (the blind, the deaf, and even those who have lost limb(s) due to leprosy) and rehabilitation of some physically challenged persons in their communities.
Medical Experience and Training
The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) has a Baptist Training School for Health Personnel (BTSHP). The well-equipped, competent and experienced staff train certified nurses, midwives, dental assistants; laboratory, pharmacy, xray, physiotherapy, biomedical assistants and primary health care technicians. The school also offers personnel of the CBCHS screening and other specialized trainings.
The CBCHS also offers specialized training at the Baptist Institute of Health Sciences Mbingo in the following areas:
- ♦The Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) residency program.
- ♦The Christian Internal Medicines Specialization (CIMS) program.
The CBCHS provides opportunities for training in diverse fields;
- ♦Medical students and residents from Cameroon, the United States, Canada, Britain, Switzerland and Germany visit the CBCHS every year for practical experiences in Tropical Medicines.
- ♦Medical and paramedical practitioners can volunteer their services for patients while at the same time giving the Cameroonian staff the chance to upgrade their skills.
- ♦Cameroonian and expatriate physicians equally offer high-quality health services in many institutions of the CBCHS around the country.
These have raised the organisation’s institutions to some of the most excellent medical infrastructures in Cameroon and the Central and West African sub-regions. In fact, Mbingo and Banso Baptist Hospitals today rank among the highest referral hospitals in Cameroon.
Championing HIV & AIDS Activities
Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) has over the years, championed the fight against HIV and AIDS. In 1999, the organisation created a community-based AIDS education program called, AIDS Care and Prevention Program (ACP). Today, the program is a huge and comprehensive with 11 components.
In 2004, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), named CBCHS as a “best and promising practice” in the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in the Central and West African sub regions. Currently, CBCHS has become the regional training center for PMTCT and reproductive health for 18 countries in West and Central Africa with support from Action for West African Region (AWARE). Over the years, CBCHS has trained health personnel from 15 African countries and helped them to start or strengthen PMTCT services in their respective countries.
The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) boosts of an efficient chaplaincy service in all its institutions, which works with other services of the system to meet the ever increasing psychosocial and spiritual needs of staff, patients and communities in general. The Center for Clinical Pastoral Education and Social Services (CECPES) is specialized in training Christian chaplains, professional Christian counselors and church pastors for effective Pastoral Care and Social Ministries. It acts as an ideal hands-on site for social workers and a mentoring facility for young seminarians who desire to form solid pastoral and ministerial identities as well as receive seminary credits for their degrees.