TB Ward, Mbingo Baptist Hospital. The TB Ward has been partially constructed and is now able to provide inpatient care to a small number of multi-drug-resistant TB patients who require a high level of isolation, but the major portion of the ward, which would house many more TB patients,  is yet not yet completed.  These patients must be admitted to open general hospital wards, where there is a significant risk of infecting other patients with TB.  A recent donation of stock to CHEF has provided funding to bring this important project closer to completion.

MBH TB Observation Ward opening April 2013.

MBH TB Observation Ward opening April 2013.

Banso Baptist Hospital Outpatient Clinic.  CHEF has received multiple donations from CHEF Board Members, Dr. Norm and Mrs. Terry James, for the Banso Baptist Hospital Outpatient Department Building Project, which completed the first construction stage in 2009, including the back wing of the Outpatient Department with transfer of outpatient services to this section.    This project has now been completed.

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BBH outpatient clinic completed!

Integrated Health Center in Ndebaya Village.  Dr. Philip Ndum, a CHEF board member and oncologist originally from Cameroon, donated funds for this recently constructed integrated health center (IHC) in memory of his father. An  IHC is a small clinic run by nurse(s) and other support staff which provides limited inpatient care as well as low risk deliveries. Unlike Primary Health Centers (PHCs), which are for the most part, self-sustaining, IHCs require more CBCHB funding, including building construction, equipment and staff salaries. The CBCHB currently supports 24 IHCs.  Additional funds for the Ndebaya Community Health Center Project are still needed for equipment as well as staff salaries.

Emergency Medicine Project at Mbingo Baptist Hospital. The Emergency Medicine Project addresses a key gap in a region that sees a significant number of trauma cases and patients in shock from sepsis, hemorrhage, and sometimes cardiac or pulmonary organ failure. This project has increased the quality of care of patients requiring emergency medical services at Mbingo, a hospital that serves as a higher-level referral facility for thousands of people in the surrounding region of Northwest Cameroon.

Prior to the project, when patients arrive in critical condition, they were seen by a screener or nurse practitioner, but sometimes the call team was notified too late and patients were lost unnecessarily.

The Emergency Medicine Project consists of several components to create an effective system of triage, resuscitation and admission to the appropriate services.  These interventions include:

  • Remodeling the current outpatient building to create three treatment bays.
  • Updating patient consultation rooms, tiling the floors, and installing wall oxygen and suction.
  • Purchasing equipment for the emergency medicine department including defibrillators, IV pumps, monitors, etc.

  • Training of personnel in emergency life-saving care using formal training courses developed and used in the United States including: advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), basic cardiac life support (BCLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS), and others.
  • Instituting a system to designate a physician to call at all times to review the patient and decide the course of care.