Dr. Paul Atem was convicted to become a missionary at a young age. His passion was to be a missionary to his own people.
Atem is the director of the Mount Zion Clinic in Bamenda, Cameroon. The clinic, opened in 1992, offers outpatient consultation, inpatient admissions, lab services and a maternity ward. The Luke Society began supporting the clinic on a trial basis prior to adopting a more formal membership in 2004.
In addition to the clinic, Dr. Atem has been called to provide medical services to underserved villages in the regions of Tingoh and Okwala. Okwala can only be accessed by traversing the Tingoh River by canoe.
His ministry serves health education needs through the promotion of water filters, latrines and education on HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Read more about Dr. Paul Atem and the ministry in our profile series here: Profile: Bamenda, Cameroon.
Dr. Paul Atem
About the Director
There are many physically larger people in this world than Dr. Paul Atem, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone with a bigger heart and passion for ministry. Atem has a powerful voice for the Lord and uses it in his medical and spiritual ministry. He projects a strong enthusiasm for ministry and his excitement is tangible and infectious to those around him.
Population: 23.7 million
Size: 457,440 sq. km, or slightly larger than California
Borders: Nigeria to the west; Chad and Central African Republic to the east; Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to the south; Atlantic Ocean to the southwest.
Religious groups: Indigenous beliefs, 40%; Christian, 40%; Muslim, 20%
Primary language: French and English
Literacy (age 15+): 75%
Physician density: 0.08 doctors per 1,000 people.
Population below international poverty line: 48%
Life expectancy: 57.6 years
Infant mortality rate: 53.6 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Major exports: Crude oil and petroleum, lumber, cocoa beans, aluminum, coffee, cotton.
Climate: Varies with terrain from tropical along the coast to hot in the north.
Terrain: Coastal plain in the southwest; dissected plateau in the center; mountains in the west; plains in the north.