Health in Cameroon

  • Hospital Ship Decks in Douala Cameroon

    CAMEROON, 2017/08/18 The medical mission is placed under the supervision of the Initial Lady, Mrs. Chantal Biya, and under the auspices of the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang. Over 4500 patients begin receiving medical care today through an operation that will end June 2018. The major non-government hospital ship, Mercy Ships, arrived in Douala at about mid day yesterday. On hand to welcome the medical team was Cyrus Ngo'o, General Manager of the seaport. A brief moment of exchange between the seaport authority and the captain of the mobile hospital, John Borrow, during which both men harped on their remain , took place in the watchful eyes of media men and women.
  • WHO lauds Africa’s progress in malaria, HIV control

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 The World Health Organisation (WHO), has commended the African region for making significant evolution in malaria control in the last five years. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 % and 66 % respectively between 2000 and 2015. Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the Initial Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda.
  • WHO Africa Health Forum App Leads the Way

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/16 You can meet the majority interesting people at conferences. If you can make your way through the sea of people to get to them. The initial Africa Health Forum organised by the World Health Organisation African region was no different - hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic participants filling the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, determined to find their way to universal healthcare (UHC) on the continent. The forum promised to examine WHO AFRO's vision for health and development across the continent, explore concrete ways for partners to contribute to the work of the organization, meet the challenges that young people face, and provide a platform to talk about innovative strategies for the public health challenges that Africa just can't seem to shake.
  • Cameroonian doctor uses online platform to educate people on health matters

    CAMEROON, 2017/01/09 Dr. Sea gives health advice online, as a way to counter infrastructure bottlenecks in the country where access to doctors and remains a challenge. Dr. Sea specialises in internal medicine and cardiology and uses short videos to offer data and advice on how people can prevent and manage diseases inclunding receive treatment. The doctor who practices in Germany posts her videos on YouTube to enable ordinary people use the platform to follow her talks on computers and cell phones.Dr Suzan Enjema Aweh popularly known as Dr Sea gives health advice on YouTube and other online platforms, mostly in Pidgin English, reaching a large population of people without access to affordable healthcare in Cameroon and across the region.
  • AIDS still number one cause of death in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2016/07/20 The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that despite successes chalked in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a lot additional needed to be done particularly in Africa. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, revealed that adolescents were generally dying of AIDS at an alarming rate and that the disease remained the leading cause of death in Africa.
  • Global Malaria Target Met Amid Sharp Drop in Cases

    BOTSWANA, 2015/09/22 Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 % since 2000, but the ancient killer remains an acute public health problem with 15 nations mainly in sub-Saharan Africa accounting for some 80 % of cases and deaths globally, according to a new United Nations statement released today. “World malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the completed 15 years,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “It’s a sign that our strategies are on target, and that we can beat this ancient killer, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives, mostly children, each year.”
  • Plan Cameroon Reinforces Healthcare Assistance

    CAMEROON, 2015/08/14 Plan Cameroon and the Ministry of Public Health have signed a framework agreement to reinforce healthcare and other facilities to Cameroonians particularly those in the rural areas. The Country Director of Plan Cameroon, Bell'Aube Houinato signed on behalf of the organisation while the Minister of Public Health, Andre Mama Fouda signed for Cameroon. Through the convention, André Mama Fouda said the activities of Plan Cameroon throughout the country will be better executed and evaluated for the benefit of the people. The Minister added that Plan's actions fall within government's activities to meet up with the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which focus on reducing child mortality; improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases inclunding ensuring environmental sustainability.
  • Unicef, UN Health Agency Report Increase in Immunization Figures for World's Children

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/18 An increasing number of children are receiving life-saving vaccinations around the world, according to the new data released by two United Nations agencies. In a press release issued before today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that the number of nations reaching and sustaining 90 % vaccination coverage for their children with the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) had doubled since 2000. In 2000, 21 million children did not receive even a initial dose of DTP, a figure that has presently dropped to 12 million, the WHO and UNICEF said.
  • 24,000 cases of tuberculosis registered every year in Cameroon

    CAMEROON, 2014/03/26 Health authorities in Cameroon, on the occasion of the World Day Against Tuberculosis celebrated Monday, have announced that each year additional than 24,000 new cases of tuberculosis are registered in the country. According to Vincent Mbassa, an official of the National Programme against Tuberculosis, 26,000 new cases of tuberculosis were registered in 2013 and 25,000 new cases in 2012, or 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • Blood banks in Cameroon crisiS.

    CAMEROON, 2013/07/28  Blood banks in Cameroon are facing a crisis because of the prevalence of HIV and hepatitis infections part blood donors. Up to 2010, the Central African subregion had a six % prevalent rate of hepatitis and Cameroon alone had 16 %, almost the same figures for HIV. For the completed three years, the general hospital in Yaounde has not been able to fill 40 % of its 75,000 blood bags. The consequence is that a lot of patients in the hospital are asked to bring their family members to donate blood. Nelson Tawe has a sick relative who needed blood. He said a friend who was asked to donate was unable to help because his blood was tainted.