Camphor Mission: George Z. Dean Clinic
The George Z. Dean Memorial Clinic at Camphor United Methodist Mission was established in the early 1980s in Tubmanville, a rural outpost 12 miles from the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia. Since its inception as a treatment facility for boarding students, the clinic has expanded its serves to encompass a catchment area of approximately 40 rural villages. The clinic is nestled on approximately 200 acres within the Camphor United Methodist Mission station, which was established in 1946. Camphor UMC Mission also includes a school and an agricultural program.
The impact of the Liberian Civil Crisis from 1989-2003 severely depleted the healthcare system and facilities of the entire country. As a result, the Clinic, like most healthcare facilities, faces severe challenges as they serve the region’s medical needs.
Services at the clinic focus on general medicine and treating tropical diseases such as malaria, anemia, diarrhea and sexually transmitted infections. Maternity and delivery are important services that are offered through the clinic and the Trained Traditional Birth Attendant (tTBA) program. This program has recently expanded to include training in community-based primary health care.
Approximately 52 women currently benefit from the preventive health training provided through this program. It is offered to traditional midwives in the Camphor area and helps them to provide services to communities that have limited access to medical services.
The Camphor tTBA and Community Health programs operate with the support of donations from the Trinity U.M.C, Colorado, U.S.A in partnership with the Liberian Annual Conference Department of Health.
How You Can Help
In such a challenging environment, the need for increased assistance is urgent. If you are interested in meeting specific needs at George Z. Dean Clinic at the Camphor Mission, contact UMCOR Health.