Glenn Mbah qualified with a BSc in Nursing from the University of Buea, Cameroon in 2009. He joined the Cameroon Baptist Convention childhood cancer team at Banso Baptist Hospital in 2010 and has since then been dedicated to childhood cancer care and advocacy. In 2014, Glenn completed a paediatric oncology course at the Utrecht University summer school in the Netherlands. Since November 2014, Glenn has had the role of programme manager; coordinating nursing care, advocacy and parent support across all three paediatric oncology centres of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS). In 2015, Glenn completed a civic leadership course from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA under the Mandela-Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. He is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Roehampton, London.
Glenn has a special interest in developing and enforcing better standards of nursing care in paediatric oncology, a cause for which he represents the CBCHS and internationally as a member of the Nursing Baseline Standard Task force for SIOP PODC. He is committed to developing local and international partnerships to promote research-based quality improvement in paediatric oncology nursing practice and advocacy. In April 2016, Glenn worked together with nursing colleagues from South Africa and the United States to prepare nurses to staff a newly created paediatric oncology unit in Jimma, Ethiopia.
As a childhood cancer advocate, Glenn is particularly concerned with the promotion of early diagnosis and prompt treatment of children with cancer. He has conducted training for health professionals and community health workers on identification and referral of childhood cancer patients in Cameroon. In 2015, Glenn was one of the ten pioneer laureates of the Sanofi Espoir My Child Matters award for paediatric oncology nursing. This award will enable him and his colleagues to train community childhood cancer referral agents and provide them with the technological and financial capacity to immediately refer patients to the hospital.
Like every other paediatric oncology nurse, Glenn is concerned about survivorship of patients. He has contributed to the creation of several rural childhood cancer parent support groups, which bring parents of childhood cancer patients together to support one another, as well as other families who are victims of paediatric malignancies.
As program manager, Glenn has the responsibility to keep his colleagues focused on the vision of establishing a sustainable childhood cancer treatment program in Cameroon. The CBCHS childhood cancer program strategically works towards sustainability through commitment to staff and infrastructural development, community sensitisation and advocacy, local resource mobilisation, and complementary, synergistic partnerships.