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Blaise's story

A life committed to eradicating malnutrition in Cameroon

A tough neighbourhood

225,000 refugees|Struggling health system|Malnutrition

Much of Cameroon is peaceful – though there are pockets of volatility close to borders with unstable neighbours, so it finds itself host to thousands of refugees fleeing violence in nearby countries.

The existing health care system struggles to meet the needs of its own people as well as the refugees who stream across the border in search of stability. Cameroon currently hosts over 225,000 refugees.

International Medical Corps began working in Cameroon in 2008 when refugees fled there from Central African Republic and provide vital support in the most insecure areas. We provide primary health care, sexual and gender-based violence and nutrition support.

Primary health care: We support refugees and the communities that host them in the hardest to reach rural areas of Cameroon, using mobile medical units which serve as pop-up clinics. We’re also providing support to Ministry of Health clinics and hospitals and training local health workers to build capacity.

Violence against women: We work with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, including children and teenagers, to make sure they receive the health care and medicines they need and to help them reintegrate back into their schools and communities. We’re working with local people – particularly community leaders – to prevent this type of violence with education and advocacy campaigns, and working with local social workers to ensure the support and care for survivors is on going.

Nutrition & food security: Refugees in Cameroon are particularly at risk of malnutrition, so International Medical Corps runs nutrition programmes that target children under five, and for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding within refugee camps. Our local teams also offer education about nutrition, helping families get the most out of what food they have, and initiating community vegetable gardens so families can grow more nutritious foods.

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Fighting malnutrition in North Cameroon

Fighting malnutrition in North Cameroon

Fighting malnutrition in North Cameroon

Free healthcare saving lives

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Absatou’s story

Absatou’s story

Absatou’s story

A community fighting malnutrition in North Cameroon

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ABIGUEL'S STORY

ABIGUEL'S STORY

ABIGUEL'S STORY

Forced to flee from violence in Nigeria, Abiguel found help in Cameroon.

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Fanta and her baby

Fanta and her baby

Fighting malnutrition in Cameroon

When a food crisis hit Cameroon, Fanta came to International Medical Corps for help. She was given support and training to help her and her baby become healthy.

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Hamidou's story

Hamidou's story

Tackling malnutrition

When a food crisis hit Cameroon, Hamidou wanted to support his community to survive, so he volunteered as a health worker with International Medical Corps. He now helps malnourished children recover and support families to build resilience to the food shortages.

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Blaise fighting food crisis

Blaise fighting food crisis

Tackling malnutrition in Cameroon

With a malnutrition crisis threatening Cameroon, the country relies more than ever on the dedication and efforts of nutrition experts like Blaise Bikoy, who works tirelessly to save lives in his local community.


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