Since 2013, the CBM Canada “Gifts in Kind Programme” has been donating medical equipment and supplies to it partners in Cameroon with the CBC Health services being one of them. It is within this framework that a team from CBM Canada made up of the International Programme Officer and the Donation Officer recently visited some health facilities of the CBC Health Services to assess the impact of the donated gifts and consumables on the beneficiaries in Cameroon.
On hand to receive the CBM and SEEPD Programme team at the Baptist Hospital Mutengene where the median visit started was the Administrator of the hospital, Mr. Wirba Samuel. Welcoming them to the hospital, Mr Wirba expressed gratitude to the team for the consumables supplied to the hospital which had greatly enhanced provision of health care to the patients. While at Mutengene, the team visited the Eye and Physiotherapy departments as well as the CBC Health Services Central Pharmacy.
Their next stop was at the Mbingo Baptist Hospital, where the Assistant Administrator in charge of Personnel, Ms Tangwa Faith welcomed the team and briefed them on the history of the hospital. In the Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) department, the ENT staff appreciated CBM Canada for helping the department reach out to the needy and expressed a great need for more modern equipment in diagnosing ENT infections.
The team equally paid a visit to the eye and physiotherapy departments, then to the prosthesis shop where braces for the Cameroon Clubfoot Care Project and other prosthetic devices are produced. Their last stop was at SAJOCAH Bafut’s prosthesis shop and the Inclusive Education Resource Center.
The SEEPD Programme Manager, Mr. Awa Jacques Chirac led the CBCHS delegation made up of the CCCP Programme Officer; Tina Ashiyo, SEEPD Finance Officer; Ndong Irene, SEEPD Medical Project Officer; Muffuh Agnes and the SEEPD Audio Editor; Kimbi Clay: The SEEPD Programme Manager appreciated the CBM team for the consumables that they have so far supplied to the different health departments of the CBCHS which have ensured sustainable provision of affordable health care to the needy.
At the end of the 3-day visit, the CBM visitors noted with satisfaction the judicious use of the donations, adding that as a sustainable strategy, the gifts donated are integrated into health care systems that reach out to all people regardless of their ability to pay or not. The visit, they concluded, served as an eye opener to the difficulties in acquiring medical equipment in Cameroon, which urged the team to make commitment to source for more equipment as they return to Canada.
It should be noted that CBM Canada “Gift in Kind Programme” lobbies for gifts like medical equipment, hospital supplies amongst others and donate to their partners in developing countries as a way to boost provision of affordable and sustainable health care to all. They equally carry out fund raising that helps to cover the shipping cost. The designated partners receive the gifts upon arrival without any further charge.