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Mission Statement

The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board 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 CBC Health Board shall provide exemplary health care with genuine compassion, and with overriding purpose of evangelical witness.

About us

Scope
The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board (CBCHB) is a non-profit, faith-based healthcare organization, which started over 50 years ago in a small village (Mbem) in Donga/Mantung Division of the North West Province. It has over the years expanded into six of Cameroon's 10 provinces: Northwest, Southwest, Center, West, Adamawa, and Littoral. Services offered by the CBCHB range from village Primary Health Care to highly specialized hospital-based care with an integration of other social services. It comprises 5 hospitals (2 of which are 250-bed hospitals), 23 integrated Health Centers, 43 primary Health Centers, Pharmaceutical procurement and distribution department, a Private Training School for Health Personnel (PTSHP), a Center for Clinical Pastoral Education and Social Services (CECPES), Services for People with Disabilities, among others. The CBCHB works in partnership with national and international governmental and non-governmental health care organizations, and funding agencies in Africa and other parts of the world.

Poverty alleviation
The scope of activities within the CBCHB spans beyond healthcare provision as it equally participates in poverty alleviation by sponsoring 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 Board created the Mutual Guarantee Financing Company (MUGFIC), a micro-finance 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.

Also, the CBCHB has over the years pioneered the provision of various services to the Cameroonian public including formal education for people with disabilities (the blind, the deaf, and even those who have lost limb(s) due to leprosy). The Board also rehabilitates some of these handicapped people in their various communities

Medical experience and training
Initially, the CBCHB trained most of its workers abroad. But today, the CBCHB’s Private Training School for Health Personnel (PTSHP) trains certified nurses, midwives, dental assistants; laboratory, pharmacy, x-ray, physiotherapy and primary health care technicians. The school also offers personnel of the Board screening and other specialized trainings.

One important achievement of the CBCHB is the fact that the Board has gone beyond first level training to offer specialized training in various domains like the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) residency program, the Christian Internal Medicines Specialization (CIMS) program, and so on.

Medical students and residents from Cameroon, the United States, Canada, Britain, Switzerland and Germany visit the CBCHB every year for practical experiences in Tropical Medicines. The Board also offers unique opportunities for medical and paramedical practitioners to 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 Board around the country. This has raised CBCHB institutions to some of the most excellent medical infrastructure 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.

HIV & AIDS activities
Another crucial activity of the CBCHB is the fight against HIV and AIDS, which it has championed for several years now. In 1999, the Board created a community based AIDS education program called AIDS Care and Prevention Program (ACP). The program today is a huge and comprehensive one with 11 components. In 2004, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) named the CBCHB 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. Because of the results it yielded, the CBCHB was empowered to become the regional training center in PMTCT and reproductive health for 18 countries in West and Central Africa with support from Action for West Africa Region (AWARE). Since then the CBCHB has trained health personnel from 15 African countries and helped them to start or strengthen PMTCT services back in their own home countries.

Spiritual care
The CBCHB has a well-built chaplaincy service in all its institutions, which works with other services of the Board to meet the psychosocial and spiritual needs of both staff and patients. 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 of the church. It acts as an ideal hands-on practicum 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.

Health Board Exco
 
CBC Health Board Executive Committee
 
 
Prof Tih Pius Muffih, MPH, PhD,.
Director of Health Services
Dr Jonah Wefuan
CBC Health Board Chairman
CBC Health Board Vice Chairman
Dr Mbome Njie Victor
CBC Health Board Vice Chairman
 
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