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Newletter from the Browns

Posted by: Admin on Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Take a look at what Dr. James and Carolyn Brown have been up to in Cameroon.

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Jim and Carolyn Brown in Cameroon- July 2015

Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) at Mbingo July 2015 Baptist Hospital


Mbingo Baptist Hospital Graduation Day 2015

June 20 was the long-awaited day for three graduates. Dr. Tony Mwenyemali from Democratic Republic of Congo and Dr. Evaristus Njume from Cameroon completed the PAACS training program and Dr. Divine Tumi completed the CIMS (Christian Internal Medicine Specialists) program. The day included a formal ceremony, a meal prepared for all visitors and staff by the hospital, and much celebrating at each graduates’ house with more feasting and dancing. Later, at another event, Dr.  Mwenyemali reminisced about the changes he has seen at Mbingo during his five years of training. The hospital has grown tremendously, the scope of services has expanded, more complex surgeries are being done, we have opened an ICU and new outpatient clinic, more visiting specialists are coming to assist in the training. There is a greater emphasis on academics, research, evidence based surgery, and international presentations at meetings. He said that as he leaves Mbingo he is proud of his training and believes that the future reputation of this hospital will always be an asset to his surgical career.

The pace since our return to Mbingo has been brisk. Along with many struggles and difficult issues have also been encouragements. Change is everywhere. Sometimes it feels too slow, but real progress is being made. Please pray for us as we daily try to determine what “self-care” looks like in the midst of endless responsibilities. Jim has the challenge of directing the PAACS program and overseeing surgery while answering to many. His biggest challenge is lack of long term faculty for the supervision of residents and implementation of the academic program. Mbingo remains a major referral hospital for much of Cameroon and we continue to set records for numbers of patients seen, operations performed, new programs, etc. Dr. Jacques Ebhele, a PAACS graduate from DRC who began in Ngaoundéré in 2010 and later finished his training in Gabon, will soon join us as a staff surgeon. He and his family are now in Kinshasa awaiting visas for Cameroon. We think he will be a wonderful addition to our program. Please pray for Jacques and his family (wife Dinah and 3 young sons) as they settle here. Please also pray for our residents who will take the PAACS remedial exam this week, July 24th. Many of our residents will also take the COSECSA (College of Surgeons for East, Central, and Southern Africa) written exam September 2, and the oral exams in early December. In August, we will receive two new residents, Dr. Constance Ndum from Cameroon and Dr. Tabeh Freeman from Liberia. Please pray for their adjustments to Mbingo and the new work that awaits them.


Evidence of Change and Progress

*Recently seen on the Ward: a young nurse typing into the computer: “My name is Yvette. I am from…” Was she playing on the computer when she should have been working? NO! She was practicing what she had learned in her beginning computer class, mandatory now for all staff in preparation for the electronic medical record. For some, this is a huge leap into a world they’ve never known. *In early 2014 Mbingo hosted its first formal operating room technician course for 18 students. This course will be taught again in September for 20 students, including 10 from other hospitals and health systems. *Sometimes when changes are introduced and then the person who introduced them leaves for a time, the staff tend to revert back to the old ways. After our recent return we were encouraged to see that many changes continued. This feels like progress that will last and is very encouraging! As the hospital grows and expands. we all struggle to keep up with the changes that are happening around us. When new ways of doing things are introduced they are sometimes slower and don’t initially seem like progress. We’re thankful to be in a place where there is a vision for change and progress.