Day 6: Another Day of Acronyms: Visiting CBTS and LAP
- Written by Keir Hammer Keir Hammer
- Published: 06 June 2014 06 June 2014
Today we had the privilege of attending an awards service at CBTS (Cameroon Baptist Theological School). As we found everywhere in the CBC institutions, despite busy schedules, we were always welcomed and asked to bring greetings to the community. At the beginning of their chapel, we were invited to the front, introduced and asked to say a word of greeting. It is not enough to be introduced, Cameroonians like to “hear your voice” as well. After the chapel, we chatted with CBTS students, many of whom were preparing to write their final exams. That was followed by a meeting with CBTS faculty and administration. Like most theological institutions around the world, they want to offer the best theological education as efficiently as possible.
After a few more hours on the road, we arrived in Bamkikai to visit LAP. LAP, which stands for the Live Abundant Program,
offers front line access to basic health needs. This is the core training and administrative centre for the 52 Primary Health Centres that are found in Cameroon’s many rural areas. These small health centres are often staffed by non-medical personnel and reach deep into the remote villages to bring basic teaching on sanitation, personal care, family planning, literacy, nutrition, etc. The overall goal is summed up in their statement, that they are to “provide exemplary health care with genuine compassion, with the overriding purposed of evangelical witness.”
This program works to enable the local people to set up and run their Health Centre as part of a community project. They also target high risk groups and
individuals for immunization and special care clinics. Pregnant women are encouraged to come in for regular checkups and also come to the health centre for their delivery to ensure a safe and successful birth. Since the inception of the program, mother and child mortality has dropped from around 26% to around 0.6%. The baby layettes (blanket+diaper+jacket) supplied by White Cross volunteers are an important incentive for expectant mothers, who come to the health centre for their deliveries in order to receive a layette upon leaving.