Wednesday, December 4, 2019

MADI CONSTITUTIVE ASSEMBLY HOLDS IN DOUALA

By James Achanyi Fontem, camlinknews
The Coordinator of an association in the making known as ‘MADI’(MAKE A DIFFERENCE), Barrister SIMO KAMDOM Gildas, invited members of the World Coming Together To Make A Difference (WOCOTOMADI) on the 30th November 2019 for a constitutive general assembly at Boulangerie SAKER Akwa-Douala. In his welcome address, Barr. SIMO KAMDOM informed participants at the conference hall of the bakery that the purpose of the constitutive assembly was to put in place an association which will operate within the guidelines of WOCOTOMADI USA led by the Founder, Mrs. Julienne Siwe Ngongang, who is resident in Boston. Though the logo of MADI is almost copy right of WOCOTOMADI with its motto as 'Helping those who are suffering’, Barr. SIMO KAMDOM said, he knows little or nothing about WOCOTOMADI and that MADI is a different initiative and would like to start the process of legalization through building a data base of its members before submitting a file to the Wouri Senior Divisional office in Douala for endorsement as wanted by the Cameroon government. He added that when the legalization process will be completed, he may request for partnership with WOCOTOMADI USA founded by Mrs. Julienne SIWE NGONGANG. For now, he went on, the two organizations are going to work independently as organizations within the context of the Cameroon law on liberty of association, No. 90/053 of 19 December,1990 covering the liberty of association and its operations. The MADI constitutive assembly was attended by high level personalities like Professor Tsala, HRM Fonjinju Tatabong Alexander of Lenale Ndem UNESCO Museum Palace in Melong, HRH Ndoumbe Emmanuel of Bonendale I village in Douala-Bonaberi amongst a host of other traditional leaders from the centre and west regions accompanied by queens and princesses. It should be noted that throughout the deliberations of MADI constitutive assembly, Barr. SIMO KAMDOM, made no mention about other laws in quote, “Law No. 96/003 of 04 January 1996 on the frame work for health field activities, Law No. 99-14 of 22 December 1999 governing Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) or Law No. 2004/017 of 22 July 2004 fixing the frame work of orientation of decentralization. WOCOTOMADI NGO USA operates within the context of these other laws, though it was declared from its birth as a national and international association.
Since the creation of WOCOTOMADI USA and the agency in Cameroon, operations have been undertaken within the framework of these other national institutional laws in vigour in Cameroon. This explains the reason for a First Aid Training planned and organized in Bamengou in the West region and Melong in the Littoral region of Cameroon recently by WOCOTOMADI USA. The intriguing orientation of MADI constitutive assembly led participants to ask so many unanswered questions directed to Barr. SIMO KAMDOM, who only insisted that his association is put in place within the law No. 90/053 on liberty of association in Cameroon and has nothing to do with WOCOTOMADI as of now. He emphasized that it is the liberty of each individual to decide to belong to it or not to belong to it. He presented a document, which he declared was delivered by the Founder of WOCOTOMADI USA, Mrs. Julienne SIWE NGONGANG, which he used for preparing the constitutive general assembly of MADI. The document was immediately challenged by Prof. Tsala, a member of WOCOTOMADI, who said in his words, ‘The document presented is baseless and a non-event’. From there, a short break after three-hour long exchange of views by participants was given for them to make more indepth exchanges at their various levels on the way forward before continuation of the session. The break lasted for ten minutes and when the deliberation resumed, documents of MADI prepared by Barr. SIMO KAMDOM were circulated and distributed to participants who were interested to receive copies for indepth scrutiny and contributions to enrich it where necessary before legalization of MADI. No election of a constitutive board of MADI took place.
The deliberation of MADI constitutive general assembly ended without a constitutive bureau put in place as the Cameroon law requires and it was bye1 Bye1 to participants. The Founder of WOCOTOMADI USA and her team have to reflect on this report as they continue their laudable business and actions to alleviate poverty and serve the needy in the African continent. The members should reflect on how to avoid using opportunists when expanding their activities across the African continent. For more insights on the MADI constitutive assembly of 30th November 2019, we invite you to listen to the videos on You Tube or Face Book.
WOCOTOMADI has already started preparations for the 2020 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF AFRICAN KINGS in Cameroon, which would be the second edition under the theme: ‘Acknowledgement of the International Day of African Kings for commemoration of values of Kings and Traditional Chiefs, under the denomination: “DAY OF THE KEEPERS OF AFRICAN TRADITIONS”. The advocacy and action plan of the event has been conceived and circulated at various levels of the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon and Africa on the revival of African Kingdoms and Traditional Chieftaincies. The following personalities have been informed on the menace of the Opportunities for Africa’s Emergency: • His Excellency MANVEU Célestine KETCHA COURTES, Minister of Housing and Development • Honorary Patron of Urbanisation and International Day of Women, • His Excellency, President Paul BIYA, President of the Republic of Cameroun, 1st King and Traditional Leader. • His Excellency Alim HAYATOU, Secretary of State and President of the National Council of Kings and Traditional Chiefs of Cameroun • Donald Hardy, Executive Président of WOCOTOMADI NGO • His Majesty, TCHOUA KEMAJOU Vincent, Honorary President of WOCOTOMADI NGO • Professeur DJOUSSE Luc, President of the Scientific Committee of WOTOMADI NGO, • Lord Mayor, Dr. Fritz NTONE NTONE, Government Delegate of Douala City Council, • His Majesty, Guy TSALA, Vice-President of the National Council of Traditional Chiefs of Cameroun, S. M. and Senator Salomon MADIBA SONGUE, Traditional Chief of Canton BAKOKO • HRM TATABONG Alexandre of LENALE NDEM (MELONG) Pioneer Founding Member of WOCOTOMADI Cameroon, just to name a few. • A host of Queen Mothers of African Kingdoms and princesses attended the MADI meeting in Akwa-Douala. From the agenda circulated, one could sense a hidden issue in the constitutive general assembly because the logo of MADI was used to hide the words on the document given to participants. WOCOTOMADI has members in all ten regions of Cameroon, but the organizers of MADI constitutive assembly did not invite any participants from the east and three northern regions of Cameroon. The west region dominated in numbers at the constitutive general assembly during which no election of executive board members took place.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Civil Society Organisations Trained on Community Health Management In Douala

By James Achanyi Fontem, camlinknews
District Civil Society Organisations (CSO) from the Littoral and West Regions took part in a two-day long capacity building training in Douala from the 19th to 20th November 2019 in Afrique Hotel Douala-Brazaville. The CSO are coordinating malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS prevention activities in their respective health districts in the regions. The training workshop was officially opened by the interim-regional delegate for public health in the Littoral, Dr. EKOUM MINTAMACK. Organised by IRESCO Cameroon, the training covered issues related to the context, justification and objectives of the training on-going project, the Community Directed Interventions (ISDC), the different roles of the actors at various levels and partners, obstacles encountered during execution and implementation of planned activities within communities, inappropriate justification of the World Bank Fund by CSO and consequencies review of tools for the collection of data within the communities, the filling of data matrix, difficulties encountered by the civil society organizations at the level of health district administration and health areas, the process for reviewing and validation of reports from Community Health Workers (CHW) which now have to be done on the spot itting errors corrected on the spot in the different health areas with the contribution of the health area chiefs and the CHW. The new strategy also aims at reviewing the methodology and action plans for better execution of activities during home visits by CHW. The participants were invited to operate in synergy with the different health district authorities for attaining global objectives and positive results. Each health district now has a focal point who could report incidents to the district authorities and the coordinators of civil society organizations, Emphasis was put on the different documents to be collected by the coordinators in the different health areas during validation of reports from Community Health Workers. A narrative report on essential drugs management by the community health workers has been included on the list of documents to be collected each month. This document should be able to present the essential drugs and tools received within the month, the quantity used and what is left, the quantity of drugs considered to have expired before renewal each month by the Community Health Area Chief. It was explained that this will assist in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of demand and supply at different levels of health areas, the district level and regional supply chain as a whole in the regions. Civil Society Organisations were told to emphasize at the level of the health areas that the month of CHW ends on the 25th and the new month starts at on the 26th. CHW should respect the different calendar dates for depositing of their reports because late reports will not be validated and consequently the CHW will not be paid. Payment of CHW now regular on monthly basis. IRESCO central bureau has taken the decision to pay CHW every month and it is imperative that the reports must be validated on time within the date-line fixed by the project. It was announced that the reports for the month of December 2019 have to be deposited by the 20th so that the validation for payment can be effective by the 25th December because it is the last month of the year. T he central bureau has to prepare its annual report on time and deposite the plan of action for 2020 at the level of the Ministry of Public Health for forwarding to the World Bank on time for consideration. The report of the workshop is shared with the different Chiefs of District and Health Area Chiefs for better implementation circulation and exploitation during coordination meetings at various levels at the district and health areas. Those that have not completed their village community carthographies are advised do that now as we move to the three year of the project which end on the 31st December 2020. The evaluation of the project depends more on good timely execution.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Le Cameroun celebre la semaine nationale de l’allaitement maternel 2019

Par Ojong Helen Ayamba, camlinknews
Le Ministre de la Sante Publique, Dr. Mandouda Malachie, a lance le semaine camerounaise pour la promotion de l’allaitement maternel a la Fondation Chantal Biya a Yaounde le 22 Octobre, 2019 en présence des représentants de l’OMS et UNICEF au Cameroun. L’occasion était pour l’évaluation du progrès dans le cadre de la promotion de l’allaitement maternel et la nutrition infantile au Cameroun. Dans le mot du bien venue de Directeur du Centre « Mere et enfant de la Fondation Chantal Biya, il a présenté la situation de traitement des enfants dans le centre et parle du centre en generale avant une visite de lieu par le ministère de la sante et sa suite. La Directrice de la promotion de la sante au ministère de la sante, Dr. Fanne Mahamat épse Oussman, a présenté la situation de l’allaitement maternel au Cameroun en disant que le taux est déjà a 48%. Le Cameroun compte atteint le taux de 50% et plus fixé par l’OMS en 2025.
Apres l’intermède culturel, Le président de la Fédération Camerounaise des Associations pour la promotion de l’allaitement maternel, M. James Achanyi Fontem, a fait le bilan des activités avant d’annoncer le plan d’action pour l’avenir de son groupe. Il a exprimé la joie de FECABPA a participer au lancement de la semaine camerounaise pour la promotion de l’allaitement maternel en utilisant l’opportunité offerte pour exprimer leur sincères gratitudes et remerciements au gouvernement, l’Organisation Mondial de la sante( (OMS), UNICEF, le Réseau d’Afrique pour la promotion de l’allaitement maternel (IBFAN Africa) et l’Alliance Mondiale pour la promotion de l’allaitement ( WABA), pour leur appui dans le cadre la sensibilisation des populations dans nos régions. L’acticité principale est le soutien des pères, mères et jeunes en milieu communautaire avec le monitoring du respect du code national pour l’allaitement exclusive des bébés pendant les premières six mois âpres l’accouchement suivi des stratégies complémentaire jus qu’a 24 mois. Le president de la FECABPA a eu l’honneur de dire que le Cameroun est à la tête du groupe d’initiative des hommes de WABA depuis plus de huit ans. Ceci est une preuve de l’efficacité des actions et contributions pendant les échanges avec les autres fédérations qui font la promotion, le soutien et protection de l’allaitement maternel dans le monde entier.
Le thème de la célébration de la promotion allaitement cadre avec la promotion de l’équité du genre. Il a insiste que l’homme camerounais doit voir l’allaitement comme une activité pour la promotion du bien être des bébés et donnez l’appui aux mamans, à bien allaiter les enfants exclusivement pendant les premières six mois et continuer jusqu'à 24 mois comme prescrit par l’OMS. M. James Achanyi Fontem a ajoute qu’il est bien connu que les enfants bien allaité ne tombent pas régulièrement malade et ces enfants bien allaite sont plus intelligent comparativement aux enfants qui n’ont pas bénéficié des bons gestes des mères. Le Cameroun avait participé aux échanges des World Breastfeeding Conférence à l’Inde et en Afrique du Sud et la FECABPA va participer aux dialogues programmés à Basil en Amérique du sud.
Le president de la FECABPA a conclu en remerciant son Excellence M. le Ministre de la sante publique pour les encouragement et actions menées pendant les visites dans nos formations sanitaires parce que la protection des nos bébés commence à la première heure de l’accouchement. C’est le moment de renforcer la sensibilisation sur notre code pour éviter les conflits d’intérêts entre l’allaitement maternel et les laits artificiels.
Continuons à promouvoir, soutenir et protéger l’allaitement maternel pour le bien être de nos bébés au Cameroun. Le représentant de l’OMS au Cameroun, Dr. Mandouda Malachie, a félicité le Cameroun pour le progrès réalisé en demandant au gouvernement de soutenir l’Initiative de l’hôpital Ami de Bébé. Le 50% de taux sollicité peut être attient avant

Sunday, October 6, 2019

IDE CARINE TCHOUNGA de Radio Medumba a Bangagté, Cameroun a reçue l’Award George Atkins 2019

Par camlinknews
Le Préfet de département de Ndé, M. Daniel Mpouamze a présidé la cérémonie de la remise de l’Award Dr. George Atkins de Farm Radio International Ottawa, Canada à Mme Ide Carine Tchounga le jeudi, 04 octobre 2019 dans la salle de confeence de Radio Medumba à Bangante enpresence de M. le sous-préfet, Aurelien Mbampa, le maire de Banganté, Jonas Kouamouo, le PCA de conseil d’administration de Radio Medumba, Eric Niat, le Délégué Départemental de de l’Agriculture de Ndé, Mme Momo Tankeu Sandrine Christelle et autre invités. Dans le mot de M. James Achanyi Fontem, il a prsente l’historique de l’award en disant que l’Editeur en Chef de RRI Canada de Dr. George Atkins 2019, Vijay Cuddeford, avait annoncé le résultat de la sélection des gagnants récemment avec Mme IDE CARINE TCHOUNGA de Radio Medumba de Bangangté, région de l’Ouest Cameroun en tête. Elle était suivi par Seydou Camara de Radio Wassoulou, Mali et Matilda Amoah de Today's FM au Ghana. Selon de communiqué de FRI Canada. Le RRI récompense les autres finalistes en qualité de vice-lauréats et leur remet un certificat aussi. Les vice-lauréats de George Atkins Awards 2019 sont Ouaboue Bakouan de Radio Manivelle, Burkina Faso, Modeste Shabani Bin Swani de Radio Sauti ya Mkaaji, République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), Helubanchi Enyew de Amhara Mass Media Agency d’ Éthiopie, Rifati Jumanne Mgobole de Radio Pambazuko FM, Tanzanie et Mululi Moses de Radio Kitara, Ouganda. Les lauréats ont été sélectionnés à la suite d’un vote de 58 des membres du personnel de RRI Canada, des membres du conseil d’administration et les anciens lauréats du prix. Chaque lauréat a reçu une récompense en argent de CAD 500.00 Nous profitons pour donner nos félicitations aux lauréats et aux vice-lauréats qui manifestent un engouement et une détermination pour la réalisation des émissions radiophoniques de haute qualité pour leurs auditoires agricoles.
La Gestionnaire des Resources pour les diffuseurs, Mme Blythe McKay, a reconnu que le Cameroun a des potentiels diffuseurs des émissions radiophoniques en félicitant Mme Ide Carine Tcohounga comme la première lauréate de George Atkins Communications Award cette année. Blythe McKay a aussi promis de circuler un appel à proposition pour les organisations en République Démocratique du Congo et Cameroun relative à faciliter les échanges des partenaires sur un groupe WhatsApp. QUI EST TCHOUNGA Ide Carine ? TCHOUNGA Ide Carine est née le 18 Aout 1973 à Bangangté. Après les études primaires et secondaires à Bangangté couronnées par l’obtention du Baccalauréat A4, elle s’inscrite à la faculté des droits de l’Université de Yaoundé 2 à SOA. En 1999, elle est diplômée de l’école Supérieure de Sciences et Techniques de l’Information et de la Communication (ESSTIC) de Yaoundé. Sa carrière professionnelle débute en décembre 2000 à la Radio Medumba Bangangté. En 2001, Elle occupe la fonction de chef de station en même temps comme présentatrice des émissions sur la santé et l’agriculture. De 2001 à 2018 elle devient rédactrice en chef du journal Echos du Ndé dans lequel elle rédigeait chaque mois au moins un article sur le monde rural. Elle découvre en 2005, les pochettes de radios rurales internationales qu’elle utilise pour la production de ses émissions. Elle a demandé ensuite l’adhésion et le contact est noué avec RRI Canada. Dès lors, ils sont considérés comme radiodiffuseurs et c’est ainsi que Rostand Meli visitera à Bangangté pour parler d’avantage de radios rurales internationales tout en écoutant ce que la station produisent déjà comme émissions agricole. Par la suite, deux personnels de la Radio Medumba ont bénéficiés quelques années plus tard d’une formation à Douala avec Mr. James ACHANYI FONTEM dans lr project Commonwealth of Learning (COL) sur les stratégies de RRI Canada. Le partenariat va continuer par la participation à la plate-forme des échanges en ligne et la publication des articles sur yenkassa Afrique.
Depuis le début, sa force est la production des émissions directement dans les plantations, la présentation sur les ondes des spéculations sur le marché local, la facilitation de la rencontre entre les agriculteurs et les délégué d’agricultures de du département de Ndé, ce qui a favorisé les échanges et le suivi pour une bonne production en quantité et en qualité. Dans le mot de remerciement de Mme Ide Carine Tchounga, elle exprime sa joie en souhaitant le bienvenue aux autorites du departement de Nde a la cérémonie de remise de l’Award George Atkins 2019. Elle a eu l’honneur d’être attribuer le prix de communication de Radios Rurales Internationales base à Ottawa, Canada. Ide Carine reconnait que la distinction est le couronnement d’un travail de longue haleine donc le début remonte à 2005, année au cours de laquelle radio Medumba est inscrite dans les registres de RRI Canada comme radio diffuseuse de leur programmes Radion Medumba étant une radio rurale, les émissions sur l’agriculture occupe une place de choix dans la grille de programme. Elle ajoute que pour produire les programmes, elle collecte les données sur le terrain, échange avec les agriculteurs et invite les personnes ressources tel que les délégués de l’agriculture, d’élevages, de l’environnement et technicien pour participer aux émissions en directe dans le studio. Elle utilise les pochettes que RRI Canada met à la disposition de la station toutes les semaines. Ces pochettes de RRI Canada contiennent des informations très riches qui les permettent d’édifier les agriculteurs sur plusieurs sujets intéressants a l’instar des méthodes culturelles, des partages d’expériences d’autres agriculteurs d’Afrique. En 2011, deux personnels de radio Medumba ont bénéficiés de la formation à Douala sur les méthodes de production des émissions agricoles dans les radios rurales avec l’appui de Commonwealth of Learning (COL). A cette formation, l’émission témoin présentée par radio Medumba a été fort apprécié par le formateur, M. James Achanyi Fontem dont je salue sa présence a Bangangate pour remettre mon award, étant un ancien lauréat du prix de communication George Atkins en 1996. Les activités de radio Medumba ne s’est pas limitée à la production des émissions. Radio Medumba collabore avec RRI Canada en participant aux sondages, aux échanges en lignes et rédigeant des articles de presse pour yenkassa Afrique. Unarticle a été rédigé sur la Commune de Bangangte a l’occasion de la célébration de la journée internationale de femme rurale et un autre sur le soutien aux jeunes agriculteurs qu’apporte l’honorable Ngssam Thérèse dans le cadre des microprojets parlementaires. WHO IS IDE CARINE TCHOUNGA ?
She graduated from the Cameroon School of Science of Information Technology, and Communication in 2000, Ide Carine Tchounga chosed to work at a radio station in her village: Radio Medumba. Nearly 20 years later, Mrs. Tchounga is the head of the station and presents a program called “Actualités agropastorale” (Agro-pastoral news). The idea to start this program came to her after she read several of Farm Radio’s Resource Packs. According to her: “I decided to take advantage of these packs to create a program for farmers, which was appreciated by the management committee at the station who saw this as an occasion to be closer to the population.” At the beginning, the program was called “Le Monde Rural” (Rural World) and was broadcast twice a week. It has since been renamed to “Actualités agropastorale”. During the episodes, the station brings together farmers and experts who “illuminate them” on areas of confusion. She says, “This promotes contact [between farmers and experts] and in most cases the farmer's technicians assist farmers in the field after the show.” The program tackles topics like pest management, growing maize in the off-season, market gardening, how to make compost, eating organic, and more. Her passion and strengths are linked to rural populations: visiting fields, being close to farmers, and being solicited by farmers to share the experiences of other farmers. Mrs. Tchounga says that a major problem for farmers in her region is the lack of training and finance: many people only turn to farming because they believe they have failed in life. She and the other broadcasters at Radio Medumba uncovered this sentiment during an investigation. In response, they took the problem to a representative from the Department of Agriculture who intervened in several episodes to educate farmers and show them the various opportunities offered by the government for obtaining finance and training.
One source of financing is micro-projects that are sponsored by parliamentarians. Thanks to “Actualités agropastorale,”, a group of young farmers has been supported by these funds. Mrs. Tchounga says a parliamentarian —who is a loyal listener—decided to support the youths after hearing their story on the radio. She called the station and advised the group to form a formal association, then provided them with funding. Mrs. Tchounga shared this experience in a FRI Barza Wire Spotlight story and on YenKasa Africa. Radio Medumba has a long partnership history with FRI Canada. The station benefited from training in 2011 in Douala where the broadcasters learned about producing rural radio programs. Mrs. Tchounga says she uses FRI’s resources “non-stop” to improve the content of her radio programs. She has also spread the word to other stations in her area.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Dr. Mambou Maka Albert Gets the Wheels of ABO Health District Turning

By James Achanyi Fontem, camlinknews
The wheels of ABO Health District started turning in Souza on the 30th September 2019 as Dr. Mambou Maka Albert presided over the first working session for having contact with heads of the five active public health and community sectors. In an opening address, Dr. Mambou presented himself as a cordial and open, but very strict person ready to work with all staff in his jurisdiction within the context of good governance and straight-forwardness. He emphasized that he is against people who gossip about others. After presenting his biography, participants at the meeting listened to guide lines on how the health district which has remained stagnant since its creation could move forward on a more positive path with the contribution of all heads of the health sector and communities put together in the interest of the entire population of ABO district. In frank talk, he said the health sector challenges will be solved with the contribution of all and not him alone or particular individuals. Before drawing the road map of the health district, he gave all the heads of the health areas and community representatives or delegates to present themselves with brief highlights of their respective activities. This included how they were elected within the different health communities He learnt about the distances linking them to the health district office at Souza and the difficulties encountered by them so far. He investigated on the activities of the health area community committees (COSA) before announcing the circular letter from the hierarchy requesting that health dialogue committees should be revamped in the month of October 2019 which end the current mandate. ABO district has six health areas, but only five have health centres catering for the well being of the populations. The activities in the Nono health area are almost non-existent due to the nature of topography. During the meeting, Dr. Mamboulearnt that the population of Non health area are very mobile and most of its traditional leaders live in Douala instead of in the health are because of flood during the rainy season. Most of the territory is off shore with many small islands. According to information gathered during the meeting, only infant immunization campaigns have been effective in Nono health area but Impregnated mosquito net distribution campaigns failed in Nono due to inaccessibility to the population that was targeted as beneficiariies.
In almost all health areas of ABO District, community health committees (COSA) exist, but are non-functional because meetings do not hold regularly. It is hoped that the diagnosis made by Dr Mambou will pave a way forward for constructing a viable road map to ameliorate and re-activate activities with better communication between the public health sector , the community health committees and the beneficiary populations of ABO Health District. In a concluding remark, Dr. Mambou expressed his thanks and gratitude by the way he was welcome during the recent handing over ceremony at Grand Souza Health Centre. He appreciated the heavy turn out during the ceremony by all stake holders in his area of jurisdiction.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Dr. MAMBOU Takes Over from Dr. Georges Jacques Otti in ABO Health District

By James Achanyi Fobtem, camlinknews
The Divisional Officer for ABO Sub Division presided over the handing over ceremony in ABO Health District between in-coming Chief of District, Dr. MAMBOU and out-gone Chief of District, Dr. Georges Jacques Otti. The ceremony took place at the CSI Grand Souza, where the office of the Chief of Health District is located in the presence of public administrative and traditional authorities of the jurisdiction. In the welcome address by Dr. Otti, he narrated the history of challenges and changes that took place in the health district during his period of administration while highlighting the difficulties encountered within the context of the tasks that were attributed to him in Bonalea su division. The difficulties include the lack of permanent infra-structure for housing the health district, bad roads and lack of staff. ABO Health District covers some 800 .000 sq kilometers surrounded by rivers with difficult road infra-structure linking the health areas of Bessoungkang, Mangamba, Miang, Mbonjo, Souza and Nono which is off shore. Dr. Otti said, he managed the health district with the experience gathered during his service in an equivalent situations in the Far North of Cameroon. He thanked the public administration and health area chiefs with local authorities who assisted him during the delivery of services in ABO adding that the staff on site is very dynamic, hard working and collaborative. Dr. Otti will now focus his attention on the management of immunization activities of children and adults as the provincial chief in charge of vaccination campaigns at the regional delegation of public health for the Littoral. He ended his address by inviting the local authorities and staff to render the same support to Dr. Mambou who took over from him as the new District health officer for ABO Sub Division.. Dr. Mambou also thanked him for facilitating the organization of the handing over ceremony at Grand Souza. Looking at the profile of Dr. Mambou who served in various capacities at the Ministry of public health, Ndom and New Bell Douala before his appointment in ABO Health District, it was visibile that he is also an experienced medical officer who has gone through very difficult jurisidictions and ABO should not be a big problem, since he has gathered a lot of experiences working in areas with similar characteristics like the one he finds himself today. He extended his gratitude to the Divisional Officer for accepting to personally preside over the handing over ceremony at Grand Souza. He promised to be attentive to the staff and the sick in his new area of jurisdiction, so that problems can be handled judiciously for the progress and interest of the entire district and its local populations. Mrs. Sylvie Azoh, a state nurse, who spoke on behalf of the staff described Dr. Otti as a dynamic boss who successfully motivated staff through peace, unity and harmonious strategies during his term of administration in ABO Health District. She observed that the staff in the health district signed a contract to engage in activities of financing through performance. PBF, but unfortunately have received no compensation from the hierarchy since activities started in the health district. This situation has reduced the enthusiasm of a good number of health agents involved in the perforrmance activities, while others resigned. She invited the new boss to look into the problems of infra-structure and staff amelioration in the health district in order to take activities one step ahead from where they are today. More staff needs to be recruited and permanent structures need to be constructed for improvement of service delivery possibilities in the health district of ABO. The health district does not have an UPEC for dispensation of ARV for example. Patients either travel to Douala or neighbouring Mbanga Health District for treatment.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Transformation of health communication in Bonassamaand Manjo

By James Achanyi Fontem, camlinknews
The Health District Chief of Manjo, MrsNzemeNzoga, presidedovr a one-day workshop on the transformation of communication in the Health District of Bonassama on Monday, 16th September, 2019. The workshop aimed at exchange views on the best strategies to ameliorate circulation of information within healthc areas of Bonassama in order to improve on service delivery to respective target populations. Yhe workshop was facilitated by Mr. MboloBekouti and Adongcho Priscilla. Mr. MboloBekouti presented highlights on the necessity to transform communication strategies in the pilot health districts of Bonassama and Manjo through the stragy of Communication for Development which has replaced the old strategy of community for behavior change. Mrs. Adongcho emphasized on the use of both official langauges in usd for outreach adthe health districts adding that it would be important for staff to master the languages used in the health areas for proper exchanges with the different populations. Pidgin English and local national languages were encouraged for exchanges in health communication on media out-lets like community radio stations for better understanding of government policies and planned activities. Participants drawn from the public health services, the civil society organization (CSO) and community based organisations (CBO0 were give the opportunities to present highlights on some problems faced by local populations while suggesting the way forward for better service delivery. In the recommendations, it was suggested that the media should be used for out-reach advovacy, information, education and communication purposes, while the municipal councils, business institutions and elite should be contacted to support the health projects in the health districts. Before closing the workshop, another appointment was taken for the 16th October 2019 when participants will work in thematic groups to design feasible projects for realization in different health areas and sectors ofBanassama and Manjo. Another meeting will be held on the 1st December 2019 to discuss on advovacy strategies to be adopted in the health districts for facilitating the execution of various health activities within the guidelines put in place by the ministry of public health.