While Cameroon is peaceful compared to its volatile neighbours, its relative security means thousands of refugees flee across its border each year to escape violence back home. In recent years tens of thousands of people from Chad, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Nigeria have fled into Cameroon. Though stable, an estimated 40 percent of Cameroon’s population lives below the poverty line, making it difficult to support the stream of refugees looking to rebuild their lives inside its borders.
International Medical Corps works along Cameroon’s eastern border, where thousands of refugees from Central African Republic have settled. We provide basic health care, including maternal and child health care, immunisation, and supplemental feeding services in the Djohong, Meiganga and Tibati districts of the remote Adamaoua region. We also deliver health care via mobile medical units (MMUs) that make services available to approximately 12,000 people. To help address the prevalence of malnutrition among refugees, International Medical Corps provides nutritional supplements to mothers and young children. We are also helping Cameroonians to strengthen local health care capacity by training traditional birth attendants and other health care providers throughout the country.
Our health care services in Cameroon include:
In addition, International Medical Corps prioritises the training of Ministry of Health staff, birth attendants and community health workers to help Cameroon move towards self reliance.
We also work to prevent sexual and gender-based violence and to reduce the stigma surrounding discussion of the topic through educational outreach and advocacy sessions in local communities. We help children and teen survivors reintegrate into schools and communities, whilst providing income-generation activities for older survivors.
In Djohong, International Medical Corps also trains paralegals to maximize the protection for survivors through the justice system. Working with local people – particularly community leaders – we also devise effective community-level strategies to prevent sexual and gender-based violence.