Mbingo Baptist Hospital was begun in 1952 as a leprosy settlement. It is located 37 km north of Bamenda, the capital of the Northwest Region. Hansen’s Disease is much less common today than in the past but the HD Unit remains a department of the hospital today. The general hospital was opened in 1965. From 60 beds in 1980, hospital grew rapidly once the road to Bamenda was paved in the mid-1990s. Today Mbingo Baptist Hospital is a 290-bed referral teaching hospital that draws patients from all over Cameroon and neighboring countries.
Mbingo Baptist Hospital is the largest of the hospitals operated by the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services. The first two of these hospitals, Banso Baptist Hospital and Mbingo Baptist Hospital, were begun by the Cameroon Baptist Mission in 1949 and 1952, respectively. Hospital properties were turned over to the Cameroon Baptist Convention in 1972. The Health Services has been under he Cameroonian leadership of Prof Tih Pius Muffih since 1986, and has grown rapidly since that time, expanding to six hospitals, 25 integrated health centers and 50 rural primary health posts today.
For over 60 years, the CBC Health Services has provided high quality, affordable and accessible services to those in need. These health facilities are distributed in six of the ten regions in Cameroon. The CBC Health Services provides holistic healthcare services, integrating physical and spiritual care, including preventive, curative and rehabilitative medicine. Special services and programs include the HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention Program, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT), Central Pharmacy, Private Training School for Health Personnel (at Banso), Life Abundant Primary Health Care (headquarters near Banso), Maternal-Child Health, technical services department, health care technology unit, chaplaincy services, Services for People with Disabilities, and residency programs in surgery and medicine (Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons, PAACS and Christian Internal Medicine Specialization, CIMS). The latter three are located at Mbingo.
The mission statement of the CBC Health Services is as follows:
The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services 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 Christ. Thus, the Health Board shall provide exemplary health care with genuine compassion, with the overriding purpose of evangelical witness.