The Bawa Health Initiative (BHI) is a nonprofit 501c (3) organization founded in May 2005 by Quinnipiac University professor, Dr. Dennis Richardson, and then Yale School of Medicine Scientist, Dr. Blaise Dondji, a native of Bawa, Cameroon. The Initiative grew out of the expressed needs of the people of Bawa — a remote village in Cameroon, West Africa — to have safe drinking water, protection from malaria, and improved health. Our BHI leaders are a dedicated group of healthcare professionals, educators, and community leaders. We work in conjunction with a sister organization, Bawa Health Initiative — Cameroon, and with student organizations and a growing number of community and faithbased partners.
Our organization is evolving because some of our initial goals have been met, and we work with the Village Health Committee to formulate new ones.