Editorial: The Relevance of CBCHS’ Mission and Vision
The Good Book says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish" - Proverbs 29:18. The importance of mission and vision for the health of any Organization cannot be over-emphasized! More
A Mission statement defines the primary objective of an organization; the business, products or services, and customers. It provides detailed information about what the organization does, how it does, and who it does it for. So indeed, it helps focus the Organization on what really matters - to itself as well as to its stakeholders. Whereas, the Vision statement focuses on its goals and aspirations, which describes how the future will look if the organization achieves its mission. The mission and vision of any veritable organization should be timeless.
The vision and mission statements provide a focal point that helps to align everyone with the organization, thus ensuring that everyone is working towards a single purpose. This helps to increase efficiency and productivity in the organization. (From Blog Article by Colour Infusion, Cochrane AB - https://colourinfusion.ca)
Not having clear mission and vision statements would be like going on a journey without knowing the direction you are to follow or the destination.
The CBC Health Services is a Nonprofit, Faith-based, Humanitarian and Inclusive healthcare Organization that addresses both clinical, social, and public health problems affecting individuals and communities in Cameroon in particular and Africa at large. It is one of the departments of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC). CBC founded in 1954 is a living fellowship of churches growing in grace, strengthening one another in faith and working together in obedience to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission of Jesus Christ through worship, preaching, teaching, healing and social ministries. (www.cbc-cm.org).
The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Service (CBCHS) has as mission to provide 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 CBCHB shall provide exemplary Health care with genuine compassion and with overriding purpose of evangelical witness. This is drawn from Matthew 9:35-36. Her vision is, “Quality care to all”.
The CBCHS since its establishment has been operating in Cameroon striving to further her mission and by no means deviating from it. They strive to PROVIDE CARE TO ALL WHO NEED IT AS AN EXPRESSION OF CHRISTIAN LOVE AND AS A MEANS OF WITNESS. If you go through the Scripture, Jesus ministered to all – those with leprosy, the prostitutes - I mean all who were rejected in the society; even those who hated Him. He had a goal in mind, His goal was the salvation of mankind. As the arm of the church, the CBC Health Services seeks to provide Care to all who need it as an expression of this Christian love and equally as a means of evangelical witness. Jesus fully aware that Judas Iscariot would later betray Him did not disown him but ministered to him as well.
The CBCHS has stood the test of time even in the current crisis situation; She has never deviated from providing care to all who need it. She has been seen in hard-to-reach areas. This is because, she developed a clear sense of her values even before the crisis. CBC Health Services' mission statement indicates a clear concern regarding a commitment to "quality and maintaining the highest standards of honesty and integrity in its dealings with all stakeholders”.
We equally praise God for the transformational leaders in the CBC Health Services who inspire, energize, and intellectually stimulate and stir employees to look beyond their own self-interest for the benefit of individual work groups and the organization as a whole.
The CBC Health Services has used her mission statement as a constant guide for her actions. She is out to satisfy customers’ needs. The mission of the CBCHS is clear: equality ("the proposition that all men are created equal and in the image of God")
Persevering through tragedy is not easy. The CBCHS has not let her shortcomings to keep her from her work. Staying true to her mission and vision has kept her in focus to learn from any challenges and sailing through when and where many are failing!!!
Stakeholders appraise Progress in the Current Phase of the Program
Hospital equipment comprising digital wheelchair scales, manual wheelchairs, auxiliary crutches, walkers, and otoscopes amongst others More
have been donated to five District Hospitals and the St. Joseph Children and Adults Home (SAJOCAH) Bafut in the Northwest region. The Director of CBC Health Services Prof Tih Pius Muffih handed the equipment to Administrators of the hospitals in the presence of other stakeholders at the end of a one-day stakeholders meeting that took place at the Baptist Center Nkwen Bamenda on February 15, 2024. The meeting was organized by the Comprehensive Program for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and Inclusive Access to Basic Services of Health and Education in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. Speaking during the handing over, the Director of Health Services (DHS), Prof. Tih Pius Muffih extended gratitude to CBM for the support that has enabled the program to provide some equipment to the hospitals. He said the equipment are intended to support and improve service delivery for vulnerable people especially those with disabilities. He revealed that efforts have been made in demonstrating good practices on access in the area of remolding of Out Patient Departments and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) facilities. The meeting, which was chaired by the Director of CBC Health Services, Prof. Tih Puis Muffi brought together stakeholders from the Health, Education, Livelihood, and Social Inclusion domains of the program. According to the Director, the objective of the meeting was to provide an understanding of the mandate of stakeholders as well as provide updates on the implementation of project activities highlighting the outputs, outcomes, and challenges. He thanked the stakeholders for their contributions to the program in promoting inclusion at different levels of society. The high point of the meeting was the presentation of a progress report for 2022 to 2023 presented by the Program Manager, Awa Jacques Chirac. The Manager said for this period of implementation, the program has recorded the following results; Health and Rehabilitation 106%, Inclusive Education 74%, and Economic Empowerment and Social Inclusion 89%. Under the Health Component, the Program Manager noted that the program has built the capacity of 15 District Medical Officers, Directors of District Hospitals, and Municipal authorities on inclusive healthcare and financed accessibility assessment and remodeling in five District Hospitals and SAJOCAH amongst others. As a result of these actions, there has been improved access to the built environment, increased acceptance by healthcare providers, and provision of healthcare with principles of universal design which have improved access to healthcare for 171,182 persons with disabilities with an 86% increase compared to 2020-2021. In addition, 2400 children received neonatal ear screening and 62 were referred for follow-up. Mr. Awa underlined that under the Education component, the Program trained 82 examiners and education authorities, equipped 2 special exam centers, carried out an annual review of exam sessions and revision and adoption of good practices in inclusion, and conducted an assessment of the entire exam circle and proposed recommendations for inclusion. With these efforts, there is an improved access and participation of learners with disabilities in GCE Exams with 55 of them who wrote the GCE in 2021 with a 46.67% passing and 70 who wrote in 2023 with a percentage passed of 76%. In addition, there has been the revision of exam guidelines including the use of scribes, additional time (30min/1hr), and revision of exam registration forms to inform the provision of reasonable accommodation measures. In the Livelihood and Social Inclusion domain, the program has lobbied, advocated, advised, and technically supported Councils, the Regional Assembly, and two technical structures to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities and socio-economic opportunities. Also, the program provided fee and material support to 50 youths with disabilities to access Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) programs. Mr. Awa also highlighted that Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) have been formalized with decentralized local authorities 12 Councils, the United Cities and Councils of Cameroon (UCCC), and the National School of Local Administration (NASLA), and the introduction of a module on inclusive development in NASLA's curriculum. Despite the results recorded, the Program Manager expressed some challenges faced some of which are that the adoption of universal design practices in municipal development is still below expectation, new projects are conceived and implemented without accessibility and awareness of the 2010 law on the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities remains low among duty bearers, thereby restricting the benefits and participation of persons with disabilities in health and education amongst others. At the end of his presentation, stakeholders applauded the project for the results recorded so. Prof. Tih moderated a session during which participants made salient recommendations that would go a long way to improve the current phase of the program as well as ameliorate the lives of persons with disabilities. This program is implemented with support from CBM.
CBCHS Seeks Solace and Strength in Prayer Conference
The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) held its 2nd annual prayer conference, themed "God of Possibilities," on February 22nd-23rd at the Mvan Resource Center in Yaounde. More
This gathering united staff, mainly from the chaplaincy, from all its satellite centers in the country in a powerful display of faith and resilience amidst immense challenges.
The conference acknowledged the ongoing conflict's impact on CBCHS services, finances, and staff safety. Professor Tih Pius, Director of Health Services, highlighted the plight of the institution’s "two mother hospitals operating at 1/3rd" of capacity and staff facing "torture" and even death. He expressed gratitude for the continued support of partners and emphasized the importance of prayer during these difficult times, highlighting their desire to "do more with us and Cameroon."
Despite these hardships, the conference resonated with hope and determination. Rev Ngwang Simon, Chaplaincy Supervisor explained the need for the gathering, calling on the Chaplaincy and others to take up spiritual oversight for the staff and the institution. Mr Wirba Livinus, facilitator, further emphasized the power of prayer, stating, "Prayer is only as effective as the burden you carry, there is so much to pray for."
Participants engaged in prayer sessions, testimonies, and reflections, fostering unity and purpose. Intercessory teams were formed to ensure continued prayer and support beyond the conference.
Professor Tih highlighted the resilience of the CBCHS, stating, "How are we still able to keep drugs, keep staff, send drugs and pay salaries? We balance needs in a careful way to maintain services." He encouraged staff to "stand firm and be diligent," emphasizing the need for leadership to push forward.
This event underscored the CBCHS's core values: unwavering faith, commitment to community service, and resilience in the face of adversity. The spirit of hope and unity resonated throughout, empowering participants to move forward with renewed strength.
DHS honours Kumbo based Artist
Divine Nyuyyuni is a young Kumbo-based Cameroonian artist who transforms bamboo into replicas of buildings, More
cars, chairs and other devices for posterity has received a certificate of ingenuity and innovation from the Director of CBCHS for producing a replica of the Banso Baptist Hospital Outpatient Department. Handing over the certificate to Divine Nyuyuni during chapel on January 3, 2024, BBH Senior Administrator, Mr. Nji Richard Nkeh on behalf of the DHS appreciated Divine for producing the replica of BBH OPD calling on him to continue using his God given talent for the advancement of God’s kingdom on earth. CBC Health Services Communication Unit correspondent in BBH got in contact with Divine shortly after the chapel service in the following chat… What prompted you to come up with this beautiful art?Divine Nyuyuni: I am a genuine artist from within and I know that anything that I see and I believe that I can do, I can do it. When I saw this structure being erected, I told a friend of mine who was a worker here by name Kinga Stephen that I can bring up this structure with bamboo. He didn’t believe me but I told him that deep in my mind I can do it. Then came a time that I laid the foundation, came here and moved around the structure, and went to work. What inspired me is the fact I have something in me that gave me the courage to produce this. How long did you take to complete this project?Divine Nyuyuni: It took me over 2 months of serious work to realize this work When and how did you learn this?Divine Nyuyuni: It is something within me. At times when I look at the work and imagine how I was working, I still ask myself, is this how I can do something of this nature? Notwithstanding, in the primary school I remember the first handwork that I presented in school was a small cupboard, my handwork master looked at me and said that if I could go to a technical school, I will be a great person. I never knew the difference between a technical and a grammar school and unfortunately for me, he was transferred. Maybe if he remained, he would have pushed me to pursue technical education and by now, I believe I would have been a great architect. This art has been here for close to 10 years, what delayed this recognition?Divine Nyuyuni: This is apiece of art work that was done in August 2012, 11 years ago. At that time, I was pursing education so I had myself registered in the university of which I was the one sponsoring myself. That is what made me to stay away for some time before the recognition delayed as such. Another thing is that when I came back for the Christmas break, somebody told me that they are presenting talents at the Ngonso’ Cultural Festival in December 2012, I took this art to the palace and I had only 3 days to spend here. When I went back to the palace to collect, I was told that the festival is not over and that I should allow it till the festival is over. Since I had no time, I had to go back to school because I had a continues assessment to take. Two months later, a friend called me that the art has been taken to BBH, I was shocked because it was taken without my knowledge. During the second semester break, I came up to inquire and I was told that it was sent from the palace by the fon as a gift from him to the Hospital. I was confused because it was gifted without the producer’s knowledge. I came to the hospital and met the former Administrator, Pa Ngam Joseph, I talked with him and he told me that it was a gift from the palace. I explained to him what actually transpired and told him that my work cannot just be taken out like that. Like it was said in the chapel, the DHS, Prof. Tih Pius saw it by the road at our village at Kikaikelaki and he commended me to come and see the Administrator. I came with some photos of the art. We talked at length but it didn’t yield any fruit. I had to leave since I was pursuing my education. Since then, I never had time to come back again. Deep within me, I knew that one day I will be recognized. That is why it took that long before the recognition is coming today and am very grateful. When I came here and met the present Administrator, Pa Nji Richard and, the Assistant Administrator in-charge of Personnel, Mr. Ngew Samuel Kwi, they pushed it forward for the recognition to come. I am really grateful to them. Have you been able to do replicas of other edifices?Divine Nyuyuni: Presently, I have one that is standing in the house, it’s also a magnificient structure like this one, that is the St. Michael the Arch Angel Convent at Kikaikelaki parish that I produced and it is still under completion. Have you had an opportunity to train other young Cameroonians to ensure continuity of this talent?Divine Nyuyuni: Not quite but I have some children in the quarter that when am working, they will come and seat beside me observe and also assist me. I keep telling them to remain focus and follow their dreams. What are you studying at the university, is it related this artistic work?Divine Nyuyuni: It is rather very unfortunate that my university dreams did not come true; I had a problem along the line with my university studies. I was for my third year and a problem came up that my being in the third year was not due. They said I had to go back to level 2, since I was the one sponsoring myself and could not afford to continue due to finances, I decided to drop out. I went into bike riding in order to help myself; but unfortunate, men of the underworld could not allow me to grow. Time and again my bike is being stolen and life has not really been easy on me. If I am alive today, it’s thanks to God because my hands are still there and I can still work. I know that God’s plan for me will still be realized. What are your plans for the future and what does this recognition from the DHS mean to you?Divine Nyuyuni: I plan to intentionally and consciously train young ones who are willing and ready to learn. Now that am back home, I will encourage hand work especially at the level of primary schools. I pray that someone should buy this great idea and I bet you we will have great architects in future. This award has marked a turning point in my life. When I look at this certificate, I know that it will keep reminding me of the great task that I have ahead of me. I want to sincerely thank Prof. Tih Pius for this great recognition and my wish is that I will be able to see him again face to face and relay my appreciations. According to reports, Mr. Divine Nyuyuni still remains optimistic that a good Samaritan can still come to his rescue and he will realize his dream of becoming a great architect.
A Bundled Primary and Secondary Cervical Cancer Prevention Project Commences in Cameroon
Stakeholders involved in Cancer Prevention have resolved in a planning meeting to work together to ensure the efficient implementation of a new project in 3 towns in the West, Center, and Littoral Regions of Cameroon. More
The 1-year project aimed at screening women for Cervical Cancer while vaccinating their children against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the principal cause of cervical cancer is being implemented in the urban slums of Bafoussam, Yaounde, and Douala.
The planning meeting on February 8, 2024, pulled participants from all key Health districts as well as officials of the National Cancer Control Program and the National Expanded Program for Immunization for a better understanding of the project and also their role and utmost contribution for the best outcome.
Representing the Director of CBC Health Services, Doctor Manga Simon, Deputy Director for Clinical Services who doubles as the project’s Principal Investigator, thanked them for their endless contributions in activities of the CBC Health Services to render quality health care to people in the community. Their collaboration with the CBC Health Services cannot be underestimated, he emphasized.
The main presentation at the meeting by Dr. Manga titled “From Mother-Daughter to Mother-Child Approach: A Bundled Cervical Cancer Primary and Secondary Prevention Strategy in Cameroon”, enlightened participants on the different approaches, regimens, and equipment progressively used in Cameroon to prevent, identify and treat cervical precancers.
Statistics for cervical cancer in Cameroon show that the disease contributed to 22.6% of all cancers affecting women in 2022. To curb this prevalence, Cameroon has to be involved in the WHO ambitious global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030 known as the 90-70-90 strategy. The strategy aims to vaccinate 90% of eligible girls, screen 70% of women with high-performant tests, and treat 90% of women with cervical diseases.
Progressive approaches in the country have always been informed by statistics of already deployed approaches to fight cervical cancer in Cameroon. The Ministry of Public Health through the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) in 2020 started a national roll out of HPV vaccination for 9-year-old girls. This met with a lot of vaccine hesitancy. The CBC Health Services piloted a mother-daughter approach (screening mothers for cervical cancer while vaccinating their daughters at the same time) in 2022 and had excellent results. A total of 3 girls were vaccinated for every 1 woman screened. This demonstrated that the mother-daughter approach is an excellent strategy to scale up HPV vaccination in Cameroon and to overcome vaccine hesitancy. January 2023 witnessed the approval of the single dose HPV vaccine and the vaccination of boys.
This 2024 project, is moving from the Mother-Daughter to a Mother-Child approach through the inclusion of boys in the mother-daughter strategy. The project sponsored by the US-based Prevent Cancer Foundation plans to screen 1,250 women from 30 to 65 years with HPV DNA and vaccinate 5,000 boys and girls aged 9 to 14 years within the slums of Yaounde, Douala and Bafoussam.
According to the Executive Secretary of the National Cancer Control Program, Professor Nkegoum Blaise, the fight against cervical cancer in Cameroon has been ongoing for more than 30 years. He appreciates the availability of the HPV vaccine and the technology that has been used to detect the cause of cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine for children and screening for women as per WHO guideline is a novel and an excellent approach to fight cervical cancer.
The collaboration between the CBC Health Services and the Government of Cameroon to ensure good health for Cameroonians has spanned across several years, involving other health interventions beyond cancer prevention. These include other areas like HIV, Malaria, tuberculosis, etc. This collaboration, Prof Nkegoum admits, is useful for the National Cancer Control Program and other Epidemic Control Programs in the country. He called on all representatives from the Health Districts present during the meeting to play their role in intensifying HPV vaccination and screening for cervical cancer.
The Equality Project shines Light on Sexual Health for Adolescents with Disabilities in Cameroon
Three hospitals in Cameroon – Mbingo Baptist Hospital, Belo Baptist Health Center, and Fundong District More
Hospital – joined forces with the Equality Project to tackle a crucial issue: the knowledge gap in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV awareness among adolescents with disabilities. Over 100 young people participated in the three-day initiative, which ran from February 14-16, 2024. The urgency of this program stems from a concerning reality: while HIV and STI prevalence among adults has decreased, it remains alarmingly high among children and adolescents, with those with disabilities being particularly vulnerable due to social and physical barriers, and their lack of knowledge. Baseline assessments conducted by the Equality Project confirmed this lack of knowledge, highlighting the urgency of such programs. By providing tailored education and support, the initiative seeks to empower these young people and their caregivers, fostering healthier individuals and communities. The sessions covered a range of topics, from body awareness and SRH rights to HIV and STI prevention. Interactive sessions and open discussions fostered understanding and challenged taboos. Moved by the initiative, one father shared his distress: "My daughter with a mental disability started her period at school, but no one helped her. I felt helpless. This project helped me download an app to track her cycle, so I can be better prepared". Heartening confessions emerged from the participants. Open communication emerged as a key theme. Many adolescents admitted to a previous lack of knowledge and expressed increased openness to discussing concerns related to SRH. However, challenges remain, particularly regarding the use of proper terminology for private parts due to cultural taboos, to which the project and facility team which included a sign language interpreter, doubling as a native speaker, actively engaged in corrective education, helping the adolescents and their caregivers to understand the importance of using the right terminology. The sessions all ended with screening for HIV and STIs. The Equality Project emphasizes the importance of empowerment initiatives beyond mere education. The program aims to equip communities with the tools and knowledge needed to continue supporting their disabled members, fostering a culture of inclusion and understanding. Meeting their needs also ensures they are included in the global fight to ensure all the three 95 targets of UNAIDS are attained in the Northwest region of Cameroon. This collaborative effort between hospitals and the Equality Project represents a significant step towards bridging the knowledge gap and empowering disabled adolescents in Cameroon. By addressing their specific needs and fostering open communication, the program paves the way for healthier individuals and more inclusive communities.