Hospital Baptist Biblique Facts
Brief Description: Karolyn Kempton Memorial Christian Hospital, Tsiko, Togo
Mission: Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE)
Profile: In 1979, an ABWE hospital survey team discovered a populous region of Togo where no major medical facility was available. As a result, Karolyn Kempton Memorial Christian Hospital (KKMCH) was constructed and opened in 1985. Known in Togo as L'Hopital Baptiste Biblique, the hospital is now a major medical?surgical acute care facility that provides care to the half million people living in the general region. Annually it provides care to over 5000 new outpatients and 1000 inpatients, including around 750 surgical cases. The bulk of the patients are Togolese, but many come from neighboring Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Benin. KKMCH is officially a 25 bed hospital with an average census of 20 patients at a given time. There are two wards, one for women and children; the other for men. The hospital has two operating rooms. The most common cases are herniorrhaphies, cataract extractions, C?sections, exploratory laparotomies, D&C's, I&D's, and trauma. Medical admissions are most often for malaria, typhoid fever, severe anemia, congestive heart failure, and various infections. The outpatients clinic sees 60?80 patients per day for a whole range of tropical diseases including malaria., typhoid, helminths, filaria, schistosomiasis, and TB. Other common illnesses are hypertension, CHF, ascites, PID and other STD's, infertility, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, arthritis, BPH, anemia, GI worms and other parasitic diseases, and osteomyelitis and other bone infections. The outpatient clinic also has a dental room for tooth extractions and a treatment room for minor surgical procedures. The hospital has access to the following services: laboratory, pharmacy clinic, operating room, CSR, x?ray, and Bible training. Immunization and prenatal clinics are also conducted.
Time Difference: +4 hours Daylight Savings Time (EST), USA; +5 hours Eastern Standard Time, USA
Travel: Fly by commercial airline to Lomé; drive 2 ? 2.5 hours to hospital (100 miles north of Lomé on a paved road)
Location: Togo, West Africa located between Ghana and Benin. It is a long, narrow country of rectangular form, smaller than West Virginia. Although the hospital's official address is Adeta, the complex is actually located at Tsiko on the Adeta Station. Adeta is a town one?third of the way between Kpalime and Atakpame. The hospital is located on a beautiful 32?acre tract of land situated at the foot of the Danyi Plateau strategically located between two large urban areas and the plateau region. Lush and green, the site abounds with trees, flowers, and vegetation.
People: Togo is one of the most densely populated areas of Africa with more than 3.5 million inhabitants. There are 21 different tribes and ethnic groups, but the largest is the Ewe (pronounced ay-vay). The population is relatively young with 70% being under 30 years of age. The city of Lome with more than 700,000 inhabitants, contains more than one-fifth of Togo's population.
Language: Although there are 44 tribal languages in Togo, the two official national languages are Ewe and Kabye. Still, French is widely spoken throughout the country. Virtually all official business and teaching is conducted in French. Doctor's orders are generally written in English, and charting is done in both English and French.
Religion: The religion of Togo remains faithful to its pagan ancestry. Well over half the people are involved in some form of animism or spiritism. Statistics can be misleading as many people who claim to be devout Roman Catholics, Protestants, or Muslims are also animists.
Climate: Togo is a beautiful, tropical country bordering on the Atlantic Ocean with temperatures ranging from 70*? 110* F. Because of its extension in longitude, Togo has two kinds of climates which vary from tropical to savannah. In the south, where the hospital is located, the climate is humid and of the equatorial type characterized by two rainy seasons, March?July and September?November. Average temperatures are in the 70's and 80's. August is the coolest month of the year. Maximum heat is registered in March before the first rains. Nights can be much cooler.
Housing: Most visitors stay in the lovely and spacious guest house which has four large units, each with its own bath. One unit has a kitchenette. Two of the rooms have a lockable common door for large families to share the rooms. There is also a large dining room/meeting room and a laundry room with an automatic washer and dryer.