Within the framework of a project of Bread for the World, SENATOR INTERNATIONAL in cooperation with Siemens Healthineers carried out the transport of an X-ray device for the operating room (mobile C-arm system) to Cameroon. The donation of the device was made by the company Siemens Healthineers. Brot für die Welt was responsible for project management, and its Cameroonian partner organization Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) was responsible for operating the device.
CBCHS is active in basic health care for the population in the northwest region of Cameroon, among other places, and operates several hospitals. The clearly formulated goal: to help the people of Cameroon together with partners from all over the world. The contact between Siemens Healthineers and the partner organization CBCHS in cooperation with Bread for the World was already established in October 2018. The clarification of open questions regarding freight, customs clearance or installation took a lot of time. In addition, there was a delay due to the Corona crisis. SENATOR INTERNATIONAL has supported the project with advice and assistance free of charge since October 2019.
The X-ray machine was transported from the Siemens Healthineers site in Kemnath to Liège via Nuremberg. This was followed by onward transport by air from Liège (LGG) to Douala (DLA) in Cameroon in March 2021. After a final transport section on site, the equipment arrived at Banso Baptist Hospital in the Cameroonian city of Kumbo in June 2021. Banso Baptist Hospital is the second largest hospital in CBCHS and is located in the English-speaking Northwest Region.
With the help of the modern equipment, diagnostics and treatment during surgical procedures, as well as preoperative planning for affected patients, are significantly improved. Up to 1,000 patients can be examined annually with the new technology. In the hospital's catchment area, this gives more than 111,000 people hope for a rapid diagnosis and successful treatment.
A big thank you to all those involved from CBCHS, Bread for the World and Siemens Healthineers for their commitment and perseverance in the project. Together with SENATOR, people who are less privileged than in Europe or North America experience direct and very concrete help.