Cameroon won its independence in 1961, and has been relatively stable and peaceful since then. However, because of this security, Cameroon has become a magnet for refugees from neighboring Central African countries, where violence, disease and hunger are widespread. Tens of thousands of people from Chad, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Nigeria have fled into Cameroon, which struggles to meet the needs of these resource-poor populations. Despite its success, Cameroon has limited resources: about 40 percent of the country’s population still lives below the poverty line.
International Medical Corps works along Cameroon’s eastern border, where thousands of refugees from the CAR have settled. We provide basic health care, including maternal and child health care, immunization, and supplemental feeding services in the Djohong and Meiganga districts of the underserved Adamaoua region and Mokolo district in the Far North region. We also deliver health care via mobile medical units (MMUs) that make services available to approximately 12,000 people throughout the region. 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.
International Medical Corps has responded to a deadly cholera outbreak in northern Cameroon. We provided cholera responses in the Mokolo sub-division in the Far North, where the outbreak was centered and in Djohong, Meiganga and Tibati districts in Adamoua region. Our comprehensive cholera services include treatment, surveillance, water and sanitation support, infection control, social mobilization and prevention services.