Mobile clinics offer free primary health care in more than 200 remote communities of the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon. They handle childhood illnesses, malaria, non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, malnutrition, antenatal and postnatal care, HIV, mental health conditions, and COVID-19 surveillance and prevention. The clinics operate in areas where healthcare is no longer available due to the conflict.
Political violence has left more than 2,500 fatalities in Anglophone Cameroon since 2016, according to the Armed Conflict Location Event Data Project (ACLED), but it is estimated as many as three or four times that number might have died without their deaths being documented. Mortality rates in some villages are as high as 33 deaths per year/1,000 people. 37% of health facilities have closed permanently. Prior to this project, only 11% of target communities had some access to healthcare.
Reach Out NGO has gained community acceptance in some of the most challenging locations to work in NW/SW Cameroon and have been giving free primary health care to some of the most vulnerable populations. Entry barriers have now been opened and key synergies have been created. Clinics are already escalating to highly sensitive issues such as vaccination, in areas where no immunization has taken place in 3 years. We want to keep the clinics running for as long as possible.
This project will pay for the functioning of one mobile clinic for one month, conducting more than 500 consultations, at least 30 of them life-saving. The children and adults whose lives will be saved by this project will live on to continue being productive members of society and support their families.1,322 lives have been saved since the beginning of the project, and more than 29,000 persons have been treated of mild, moderate, and severe conditions.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).