The Baptist Medical Clinic (BMC) has been operating in the Sengabay area for more than four decades. Having been established by Baptist missionaries in the early 1970s, it is now owned by the Baptist Convention of Malawi (BACOMA) since the year 2000. The Baptist Medical Clinic is a faith based non-profit organisation and is as such an affiliate of the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM).
The clinic operates in a multicultural area with the Yao being the major tribe (60%), followed by Chewa (35%) and a smaller percentage of other tribes such as Tonga, Tumbuka, lomwe and Sena (5%). The majority of people in the catchment area earn less than one dollar per day and rely on subsistence agriculture with maize (corn), cassava and rice being major crops. Fishing is a secondary livelihood for the area. Common health problems in the area are malaria; sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS; respiratory infections; diarrhoeas and opportunistic infections due to HIV/AIDs.
The clinic provides the community with a number of services which include maternal health; outpatient; laboratory services; under-five clinic (both static and outreach); HIV/AIDS counselling and testing; prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT); youth behaviour change interventions; supplementary feeding for malnourished children; water and sanitation. In 2014 the clinic set up a home based care program as well as a palliative care program, enabling terminally ill patients to access pain relieving drugs.
The Baptist Medical Clinic is legally registered with the Medical council of Malawi under the Medical practitioners and Dentist Act Chapter 36:01 Laws of Malawi. It is located along the Salima – Sengabay road, 19 kilometres east of Salima town. The clinic is located 122 kilometres from the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.