About The Togo Mission

Geography:

Togo sits between Benin to the east and Ghana to the west and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and Burkina Faso to the north.

The hospital is located in Tsiko, near the border with Ghana. It is about 3 hours from Lome, the capital.

It is a small country slightly smaller than West Virginia and has a tropical climate throughout most of the south, especially where we will be, and is hot and humid. The northern part of Togo is semi-arid.

Population, People Groups, & Culture:

Current population estimates are just under 8 million for the country of Togo, making it one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. This estimate is predicated on the the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS, which can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality rates, and lower population growth rates.

Within Togo, there are 37 distinct people groups, and dozens more bordering the country. The largest people groups are the Ewe (a common people group in the region of the hospital), Mina, and Kabre.

The official language of Togo is French, but there are several other indigenous African languages spoken in the country.

The Mission Hospital:

The hospital goes by a few different names. Karolyn Kempton Memorial Hospital, officially, locally as Hopital Baptiste Biblique, and coloquially as justĀ HBB.

 

The Samaritan’s Purse website gives some useful information also about the hospital. Here are some basic statistics specific to HBB from that site (and from speaking with local staff):

Hospital and clinic patients seen annually: 18,000

Inpatients seen annually: 2,200

Surgeries done annually: ~1,500

Number of hospital beds: 40

Number of US Boarded physicians: 4

Number of surgeons: 1 (who is also the hospital’s administrator)

“This is the very definition of an underserved area, and that’s where our hearts are, serving the underserved.”

Additional Resources:

  • The hospital also has it’s own web page where you can peruse some of the photos and gain a little more knowledge about where we are heading.
  • Click here to visit the Karolyn Kempton Memorial Hospital’s web page.
  • You can read more about why we chose Togo by going here.
  • If you want to know about the history of the mission in Togo, this book was written by one of the first missionaries to the region.