The Fotabong hospital was created in 1982 as a governmental sub-divisional integrated health center. The facility serves an area of about 21,000 individuals and until 2012, was thriving and provided care for an estimated 80 – 100 patients daily. Unfortunately, the medical officer assigned to the hospital in 2011 did not reside in Fotabong and thus the coverage became sporadic, and the quality of medical care deteriorated. The hospital stopped seeing patients, and the people of Fotabong had to seek medical care from neighboring hospitals.
HHI and BD are collaborating through the Volunteer Service Trip (VST) program to bring healthcare back to the community. BD and HHI have a 10-year history partnering on VSTs. The project engages volunteers that can provide technical expertise to; do repairs to the hospital structure, set up laboratories, train community healthcare volunteers and the hospital nurses, provide guidance in hiring and training medical staff and establishing the medical systems needed to treat patients.
HHI is a global leader in organizing and managing volunteer service trips. BD is a global medical technology company advancing the world of health. HHI’s collaboration with BD will make a real difference to the health of people in Cameroon.
HHI has a 25-year history of helping organizations participate in volunteer service trips. Since 1993, Physicians With Heart (PWH) a partnership with American Academy of Family Physicians, have traveled to 12 countries. Former Soviet countries, and to Vietnam through HHI. These teams provided pharmaceuticals, medical instruments, medical supplies and medical education programming. Educational VSTs have been led across the globe by HHI in locations including China, Papua New Guinea and Haiti.