May 5, 2021
I am excited to give you an update on a further development in pathology service at Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH). As many of you know, we were able to institute whole slide imaging in our lab about 2 years ago with a system of manual scanning and use of Microvissioneer software. Many of you helped to make that a reality. That system has served us well and continues to do so. However, there are bigger things planned for the future!
Plans are being made for the construction of a cancer treatment center at MBH that will even include radiation therapy! Currently, there is only one place in Cameroon with sometimes working radiation therapy service. Mbingo is already recognized as one of the top hospitals in the country for cancer treatment and we receive referrals from all regions of the country and from nearby countries as well. But when radiation therapy becomes available in Mbingo, one can only imagine how that will increase. And of course, reliable pathology service is essential for a cancer treatment center.
With that in view, we have planned to purchase an automated slide scanner, estimated cost is $50,000, to increase workflow via telepathology. We also expect to see the completion of the hydroelectric project this year which will provide a much more reliable power source than we have had in the past.
I am so pleased to report that the group of doctors I worked with before coming to Mbingo, Southwestern Medical Clinic in Michigan, has a foundation; Southwestern Medical Clinic Foundation, SWMCF, which has chosen to donate toward the purchase of a Slide scanner for Mbingo.
The Southwestern Medical Clinic Foundation is introducing a Matching Gift Program of up to $25,000 to assist in the purchase of a Slide Scanner for MBH. We are asking you to prayerfully consider supporting this project. Through the Matching Gift Program your gift will be doubled as we work together to purchase this needed equipment. Donations are to be sent to the Southwestern Medical Clinic Foundation.
This is a real opportunity to assist in providing an essential service to people truly in need in Cameroon. Please consider donating.