Saturday, January 24, 2009

Fon Fontem Njifua Visits Hackney, United Kingdom

His Royal Majesty Fon Fontem Njifua Treated To
Warm Welcome In Hackney, United Kingdom
By James Achanyi-Fontem
Cameroon Link
News reaching the Cameroon Link desk from London reveals that His Royal Majesty Fon Fontem Njifua was on January 23 treated to a very warm welcome by His Worshipful Councillor Ian Rathbone, Speaker of Hackney Borough Council in London with his Worshipful Mayor Pipe In the presence of the Honourable Nicola Babaneau of Learning Trust and His Excellency Denis Nyuydzewira, the Charge d’Affaires of the Cameroon High Commission in London. Hackney Councillor Rita Krishna and Councillor Julius Nkafu of Lebialem, Cameroon also followed the protocol ceremony.
Addressing the Mayor of Hackney and the councillors, His Majesty Fon Fontem Njifua said, It was a great pleasure that he addressed a warm reception at the heart of Winter in London. He added, that It is most befitting his first welcome gathering in the UK was in Hackney. It would be noted that Hackney’s hospitality is well known to many from Africa, including people from the Kingdom of Fontem. The Fon of Fontem has immense pride that a son of his Kingdom, Julius Nkafu, a lawyer by profession serves Hackney as a councillor.
His Majesty, Fon Fontem Njifua,recalled that in 1936, his grandfather, HRM the late Fon Fontem Asonganyi, was the only king in Cameroon presented with the Union Jack, by the British colonial agents in recognition of his collaboration and support.
This flag till-date, he echoed, remains in the Ema Azi-Lebang Palace archives and that his visit was a welcome opportunity to once again enjoy the legendary friendship of the people of the United Kingdom. He used the opportunity to also explore and foster the existing long relationships through various connections. They shared views on how to strengthen progress and the relationship between Cameroon and the UK, starting with Hackney and Fontem territories. The Fine Forest Foundation, which His Royal Majesty patronizes, in 2008 won Commonwealth professional sponsorship awards towards NGO management training, and the first cohort of three trainee-managers completed a three months placement in London, UK last december.
This reception in Hackney, to Fon Fontem Njifua, was largely an opportunity to put names to faces, as, he invited his personal ambassador, Mbi. Dr Asa’ah Nkohkwo, and the blessing of the Cameroon High Commission, to move discussions off-line with the relevant stakeholders that the Speaker of Hackney assigned. Within the new frame work, they will address avenues of collaborative exchanges between Hackney and Fontem, between the people of Cameroon and the United Kngdom, in the fields of CULTURE, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, ECONOMIC and COMMERCIAL INVESTMENTS.
The Speaker of Hackney Borough and His Majesty will appraise developments in the future, when they next meet, preferably in return invitation not too long at the Palace of Ema Azi-Lebang in Fontem.
After the reception by the Hackney Borough authorities, His Majesty Fon Fontem Njifua, accorded traditional audiences to the sons and daughters of Lebang resident in the United Kingdom.
During the audiences, he advised the sons and daughters of Lebang in particular and Lebialem as a whole to remain united and peace loving, while respecting the laws and regulations of their host country.
He also invited them to lend a hand to development efforts back in Cameroon while continuing to contribute to the economic development of their host country, The United Kingdom through their jobs.
In a thank you mail to all those who contributed to the ceremony preparations, the Fon's Ambassador to the UK. Mbi Asaah was particularly grateful to all hus lieutenants at LECUDO & LECA, all his colleagues at the Lefem, Ekpe, Ahon, Manjong and similar traditional institutions within the UK.
He acknowledged with gratitude the strong presence from the Ekpe, the Nwarong, the LECUDO & LECA and the press given the short notice, the day of the week and very cold time of the year. He concluded by saying, it was most wonderful to note the potential leverage that Councillor Nkafu's presence at Hackney Council affords Cameroon in general and Lebialem in particular, and even most reasuring to record the approval of his fellow councillors as summarised by the reference made to him during the address of the Speaker of Hackney His Worshipful Councillor Rathbone and the Mayor His Worshipful Councillor Pipe. The occasion will remain memorable as other issues unfold.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Fine Forest Foundation Cameroon Holds 3rd General Assembly

Fine Forest Foundation Cameroon Holds 3rd General Assembly And 1st AGM of Board of Trustees At Ncho-Njeh,Lebialem
The 3rd ordinary general assembly and first annual general meeting of the board of trustees of Fine Forest Foundation, FFF, Cameroon held in Nchou Njeh-Lebang, Lebialem Division in the South West Region of Cameroon under the chairperson of Dr. Mbi Asaah Nkohkwo on the 8th January 2009. The agenda of the deliberations was as follows:
- Registration
- Opening Prayer
- Introductions & Chair’s Welcome
- Annual Statement of Activities
- Annual Statement of Finances
- Feedback from Commonwealth Fellowship 2008
- Way forward : Short & Long term plans
- Review of Staffing & Trustees
- Communication
- AoB
- Next Meeting
- Closing Remarks
7 trustees out of 10 were present. The other trustees requested for permission due to administrative engagements and family commitments.
The opening prayer was delivered by Trustee Anastasia Atabong Fontem, who invited the almighty to guide the board members throughout their deliberations for positive out come. And that God should lead everyone back home safely and peacefully.
Opening Address
In the opening address by the Fine Forest Foundation Chairman, Mbi Dr. Asaah Nkohkwo, welcome members with wishes of a Happy New Year 2009. he later invited everyone to make a self introduction highlighting the presence of Ms Mary Mbiseah as observer. The chairman made a brief introduction of the genesis of FFF Cameroon with up dates of activties.
Mbi Asaah reminded trustees that the foundation was a charitable arm of NSTechnoMed UK registered in London.
He lauded the out come of the registration of the organisation at the Senior Divisional Office in Menji, Lebialem in March 2008. He briefed the assembly on the objectives of the organisation, which is focused the the empowerment of the community.
Annual Statement of Activities
In the up date statement of activities, the Programmes Manager, James Achanyi-Fontem
, quoted the reference number of the organisation’s legal statute, before elaborating on the areas of impact and expenditures made for social inclusion, poverty alleviation, health promotion, information, education and communication, strategic development plan, the pharmaceutical factory project in the pipeline and the way forward for the management of programmes within the scope of statement of commitment that was addressed to the Commonwealth professional fellowship commission.
Circulation of information among FFF- Cameroon Members
Trustee James Achanyi-Fontem created the email address of the organisation for circulation of information and this has been very effective. is the address
Legal Framework of FFF – Cameroon

The prefectoral authorisation, carries the registration n° 121/G41/67/VOL.3/PS/08 of 5th March 2008
Social Inclusion
Trustee Anna Nven was charged with channelling all donations for social inclusion and poverty alleviation. Buea Institute of Theology project was supported with some individuals.
Health Promotion
Trustee James Achanyi-Fontem made an exhaustive briefing on the project proposal to WHO in Geneva, Switzerland and the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship training,whose outcome have been positive, as activities are at the fundraising phase. This is a project that would cover Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Cameroon.Fine Forest Foundation will be the executing organisation for the phase of the project in Cameroon.
Health Library at Azi Hospital
Trustee Charles Aminnkeng and Peter Monet Otto briefed members on the development of the library. The library space at the Azi hospital is apparently small and needs to be developped to accommodate more books arriving in March.
Project's Sustainability
Equiping of FFF Cameroon secretariat at Nchou Njeh with a computer and the necessary accessories (printer, scanner and photocopy machine) has started with the expectation of shipped materials from Lonodn in March 2009. Thess equipments will also serve the schools and colleges around Nchou Njeh and Azi when the secretariat get operational. The BoT endorseed the employment of Pa Peter Monet Otto as one of the pioneer staff to work in the secretariat. Ursula, Anastasia and Charles were delegated to employ the second staff, who must be a female to respect the equal opportunities policy of the organisation.
The employment of secretariat staff on volunteer basis takes effect from the month of April 2009.
Pharmaceutical Industry
Meditech Cameroon Sarl which is another arm of NSTechnoMed engaged in the acquisition of land at the industrial zone of Ndokoti-Douala to set up a pharmaceutical industry. The land certificate is expected from MAETUR for the next step of issuing the license by the Ministry of Public Health to be engaged.
There are plans to set up a Community Pro-Pharmacy for essential drugs supplies at Nchou-Njeh to serve neighbouring enclave villages to Azi, since the exising pro-pharmacy does not meet the increasing popular demands of the population of the health district.
Programme Management
Emergence of roles and posts : The proposal by Trustee James Achanyi-Fontem to revamp the executive bureau member and BoT was endorsed with the appointment of Charles Amin as the Financial Secretary and Peter Monet Otto stepped down as trustee to pick up the position of secretary of the organisation.
Annual Financial Report
According to the report presented by the treasurer, Trustee Ursula Fontem, CFA 3.150.000 was spent in 2008 for social inclusion and poverty alleviation activities and training of staff is evaluated at CFA 15.000.000.
Conclusions and Recommendations
Trustee James Achanyi-Fontem suggested to the BoT that an annual operational administrative budget be agreed for purchase of consumable office materials and payment of transport fares of members to participate in meetings locally or at regional and national levels when it is deemed necessary. The proposal was endorsed, and amount is still to be fixed.
The Chairman, Dr. Mbi Asaah Nkohkwo, announced a working session with Dr. Stella Nana FABU of the University of Douala for the 11th January 2009 at 2 p.m. Dr. Stella Nana FABU was earmarked as the consultant to facilitate organisation of community empowerment training by FFF Cameroon.
He suggested the opening of a bank account for the organisation and this was endorsed with the activity attributed to Trustee Ursula Fontem (Treasurer) and Charles Amin (Financial Secretary.
On the development of the Azi Library, it was announced that more books are expected in March 2009 with computers for the FFF Cameroon secretariat that were shipped in London,UK.
About the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship training, trustees were invited to start scouting for another set of trainees, who must have at least a first degree and belong to non governmental organisations in Cameroon. The applications could be channeled under the canopy of the FFF Cameroon.
The action plans initiated in London by the Commonwealth Fellows were endorsed by the BoT for execution to take off. A multi-purpose grinning mill evaluated at CFA 350.000 was handed over to the ABAMOH Women’s Initiative Group at Nwametaw on the 7th January 2009 as part of the start of the micro-credit initiative plan.
Persons recruited to work in the secretariat have to prepare and present monthly reports of activities. This would be used for evaluation of the development of FFF Cameroon activities locally by an internal and external audit committee.It was agreed that meetings of the BoT will hold quarterly.
Present at the meeting were: Dr. Mbi Asaah Nkohkwo (Chairman), James Achanyi-Fontem (Programmes Manager), Peter Monet Otto (Secretary), Ursula Fontem (Treasurer), Charles Amin (Financial Secretary), Anastasia Atabong Fontem (Trustee), Nven-akeng Anne (Trustee), Misse Mary Mbiseah (Observer)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: Ambasador Of UN Global Fund To Fight AIDS

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: Ambasador Of UN Global Fund To Fight AIDS
By James Achanyi-Fontem, Cameroon Link
The French First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, on 1st December 2008 became the face of the fight against AIDS, as she was named an ambassador for the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund is a UN-backed swiss-based organization.
Mrs. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a former model, had highly personal reasons for accepting the task, because her older brother, Virginio Bruni Tedeschi, who was an accomplished artist died after a long battle with AIDS in 2006. The determination of the 40-year first lady to commit herself to the campaign is also believed to have hardened after a visit to South Africa in February 2008.
This tour took place, shortly after marrying French president Nicolas Sarkozy and she visited townships in Johanesburg ravaged by AIDS. South Africa is reported to have the world’s highest proportion of sufferers. It would be recalled that 20 years ago, December 1 wss chosen as World AIDS Day, to encourage solidarity with those living with HIV and to help prevent the spread of the disease and Mrs. Sarkozy is expected to heighten awareness following her being named ambassador for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.
As the first lady takes the health struggle into another phase, the question on many lips is whether current AIDS campaign work. The appeal is that AIDS campaign groups should become more involved in schools, as youths are most at risk and often more sexually active. The campaigns should be aimed at not scaring them, but to inform them.
It is difficult to see any hard hitting posters currently, although a few years ago, there were ads on the walls of colleges in Cameroon, calling on them to delay their sexual relationships or saying that, “If you had unprotected sex, then you were at risk.”
The messages were really anxiety-provoking and there is evidence that it created impact and fear at the time in people who are careful. Research showed that the HIV/AIDS public health campaign in the 1980s caused a huge increase in the number of people with HIV-related health anxiety and information campaigns are a much better idea.
There needs to be more information on the availability of moming-after preventives and on living healthy with HIV. There should be more positive information on managing the infection. There is an increasing abundance of support and health groups for people affected by HIV and AIDS in the community, but more needs to be done at the age of 13 through progressive, informal sex education..

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Pilot Social Health Security Project Take Off

Two Pilot Social Health Security Projects
Take Off in Douala, Cameroon
In October 2008, WABA’s MWG Coordinator, James Achanyi-Fontem, who doubles as Chairperson of the Pilot Community Social Health Security Project of the Health District of Bonassama, launched the training of executive bureau members of a Mutual Health Insurance Schemes to give equality opportunities to all in care delivery. Opening the workshop, J. Achanyi-Fontem said, this was a community initiative supported by the ministry of public health through the fund of the very poor and heavily indebted countries of which Cameroon qualified as one due to the low earning power of the populations.
The supervision of the project was attributed to the Association of Partners of Community Social Insurance Unions in Cameroon, APCAS, represented during the training by the director, Jean Keumo. The training delivered at the Bonassama Health District Hospital, with Dr. Obam Enam, who coordinates the Red Cross Cresent in jurisdiction sitting in for the director of the hopsital.
The facilitators of the training were Ntock Mouhammed, Chair of the Health Solidarity Association (ASSA) based in Nylon, Mrs. Ndoutou Toto Caliste and Kom Dolesse. Douala Local Council was represented by the 3rd Deputy Mayor, Kammogne Therese, who called on the social health insurance pilot project to dedicate time for listening to the problems of subscribers to the organisation’s policies..
The Chairperson of the board of directors, James Achanyi-Fontem, recalled the objectives of the training, which included the negotiation of conventions with health care facilities in the district at accept rates with the aim of making health care accessible to all at low cost. The Community Social Health Security project will also contribute to the permanent education of the population on health care and environmental protection updates.
The members were advised to reflect on micro-projects which would assist in fund raising for subsidizing health care costs. He added that durable initiatives would benefit the entire community and especially those who subscribed as stakeholders to the pilot project.
To achieve this, Achanyi-Fontem said, board members and executive bureau staff should collaborate with other health organizations and hold information and education conferences, workshops, round table debates on current health and environmental protection issues.
Membership to the social health security scheme is attributed without distinction of sex or religion. Dr. Obam Enam invited the team to be attentive to the different presentations, that revealed national health policy of decentralization for community ownership of health care initiatives in Cameroon.
Ntock Mouhammed, in a module talked about the context while presenting the origin of community social health security initiative, which leads to everyone having access to adequate care at all times through very little contributions to the scheme..
Ntock Mouhammed said, the initiative is based on self-help traditional solidarity systems. He added that self-help is based on reciprocal principles, while solidarity aims at extending a hand to the less advantaged groups in the community. When assisting the less advantage, the stakeholders do not expected any other benefits from them as exchange form the aid given.
Self help on the other hand, can be realized in several forms through labour, human resource, financial and material assistance or contributions by individuals, families and communities. These groups are always confronted with births, marriages, diseases, death celebrations and so on. Without joined efforts, it is often difficult to properly address the issues in African communities.
Cameroon like other African countries achieved independence by inheriting health systems which promoted and guaranteed free health care and treatment of its citizens. But the petrol and economic crisis of 1980s reversed the situation making governments incapable of continuing with free treatment due to the lack of resources.
It was during the conception of the Bamako initiative in 1987, that health ministers of the Africa continent agreed that free health care to the populations was not realistic due to the galloping economies and fast growing populations. This led to the putting in place of the new strategy which requires recovery of health care cost from the sick, while the governments took care of infrastructure construction, management, training and the payment of the salaries of staff.
From the diagnosis of 2001, it became evident that only 15% of the population had access to adequate health care in Cameroon. The principal cause identified was the low income or absence of resources on general. This was a result of heavy taxes and contributions to keep households secured through adequate nutrition and spending on health care by government. During this period, the public treasury became incapable of paying health bills, while guarantees by the public and private enterprises became so limited and in some parts non existent.
The solution by the ministry of public health was to initiate two reforms, which touched on the management systems of hospitals and the promotion of self-help community health initiatives by developing mutual health care insurance systems.
The current system is based on solidarity amongst members of a community, through participative and functional democracy where the community elects its own leaders; the liberty to subscribe and participate in the promotion of autonomy of the system is seen as another way of promoting gender equity and democracy within communities.
Solidarity remains the basic foundation of mutual health security systems, because every registered member pays a contribution that is independent of personal risk. This contribution is the same for all, irrespective of age, sex and state of health of the individual at the time of subscription. In the same way, everyone benefits from the same services in case of illness.
This means that the Mutual Social Health Security scheme installs a solidarity system between the sick and those who are well, whether young or old and, between the different professional categories in the community.
Addressing the issue of managing registration of members, Mrs. Ndoutou Toto Calixte, reiterated that mutual health insurance systems can survive only when membership is consistent and members pay contributions regularly on annual basis. She distributed work tools with all the relevant information for guaranteeing good governance and transparency in the management of funds collected. These tools included the membership registration form, the register of beneficiaries, the recapitulative sheet of contributions and the register of contributions.
On the other hand, Mrs. Kom Dolesse, emphasized on the use of management principles that guarantee good book keeping of funds collected. She added that the contributions are used for the autonomous administration and functioning of the organization and the reimbursement of health bills of its members when treated in health facilities with agreed conventions..
She enumerated the five different types of contributions as:
 Provisional contributions (Budget0
 Registered contributions (dues collected in the current year)
 Acquired contributions (left-over after spending)
 Advanced contributions (payments received in advance of determined period)
 Debt collection (owed dues collected as arrears)

The methods of calculating the contributions also differ and are put in four categories:
 General contributions
 Fix semester contribution per family
 Fix semester contribution per beneficiary
 Contribution per group
 Proportional contribution
As concerns the Community Social Health Security Insurance of Bonassama, members opted for calculations to be done on basis of fix semester or annual contributions per beneficiary. Before closing the workshop, participants decided on the type of health offers that would be available for all who subscribe to the health security policy.
This goes with the establishment of partnership conventions with the selected health facilities after verification of the rates adopted for health services offered by the facilities. The target of mutual health security schemes is to get health services to all within a community at an affordable rate. Through this system, health coverage is more effective and covers a wide range of diseases very common in the community.
It was recalled again and again that the mutual social health security organization is made up of volunteers that share the responsibility of caring for illnesses and other health risks, especially as the financial participation is uniform.
From what was said, it became evident that community mutual social health security schemes are another excellent channel of developing communities, guaranteeing health, social and economic well being of individuals and families as a whole.
This system facilitates access to health care, contributes to the amelioration of the quality of health care, increases the rate of health care visits to facilities and reduces auto-medication and use of poorly conserved street hawking drugs and medication.
In the social plan, this assists the populations to organize themselves for ownership of their health care system through jointly finding solutions to problems faced by the community‘s less advantage and poor populations. Since health care becomes cheap, it is accessible to all at the same moment.
This system encourages communities to acquire the spirit of saving to prepare for emergencies. In reducing expenditure on house hold health care through the solidarity health security scheme, everyone wins by paying less the US $ 2 per person each month for health coverage equivalent to US$ 100 per year.

Cameroon Link & MERENSO Update Partnership

Cameroon Link & MERENSO Update Partnership
The Association of Mother and Child Solidarity, MERENSO, is an initiative of a group of men and women who decided to volunteer as contributors to HIV/AIDS prevention in Cameroon, with special target groups being vulnerable persons, persons infected and affected by HIV including orphans. MERENSO contributes to the care of HIV orphans and organikzes homes care for infected and afftected persons.
This organisation has undertaken preventive activities within the frame work of health promotion in collaboration with Cameroon Link for the past six years. It has accumulated reasonable experience in planning assistance in favour of persons in difficulties.
Their activities are linked to poverty reduction and HIV orphans inclusion through home care and family insertion as a means to guard against stigmatization. These organisations have in the past organized capacity building training with the assistance of donors in rural areas to support Community Local AIDS Control Committees of Cameroon.
The activities of MERENSO are supported by the Provincial Delegation for Social Welfare for the Littoral. Organisation for the fight against HIV/AIDS, and the health district services. MERENSO has developped special activities that target HIV infected women working in enterprises with the collaboration of Cameroon Link.
General Objectives
The association has the following objectives :
• Regroup HIV infected and affetced persons with orphans to seek durable solutions for the amelioration of their health and social welfare situation.
• Organize adequate nutrition, clothing, lodging and education possibilities for HIV orphans with the aim of giving them equal opportunities for education and up bringing without stigmatization.
• Organize psycho-social support for the HIV affected persons and HIV orphans.
• Facilitate access to health care support of HIV affected persons and orphans.
• Organize social mobilisation activities to inform, educate and counsel the populations on HIV prevention and voluntary testing.
• Advocate for material, technical and financial support in favour of HIV positive persons and orphans of Cameroon.
Partnership Frame work
1. Cameroon Link and MERENSO collaboration is non-political, non-profit making and both operate as volunteer partners with similar solidarity plans in favour of under-advantaged children.
2. The internal regulations of each organisation is independent and does not interefere with the other.
3. The different activities of both organisation aim at achieving the objectives mentioned above. These activities should have a positive impact on the well being, socio-economic and educational promotion of the beneficiary target groups. (HIV infected and affected persons, vulnerable children and orphans.)
4. Both organisations are opened to all positive institutional collaboration at national and international levels, that would reinforce the capacities of ameliorating delivery and execution of projects in favour of HIV orphans of Cameroon.
5. Resources are raised from annual membership contributions, donations and subventions obtained for the realization of projects or programmes.
6. All management activities respect the financial procedure of good governance for the promotion of the image of both organisations.
7. The selection of project beneficiaries is processed with the highest reputable transparent guidelines that avoid discrimination or stigmatization.
8. Each project will have a coordinator or team leader to be designated by both organisations. The coordinator is in charge of planning, execution, follow up and evaluation. He or she will report to both parties regularly on the progress of any agreed project or programme.
Specific Activities
Both organisations invest in the amelioration of the health and well being of vulnerable social groups, which include:
1. Persons living with HIV/AIDS.
2. Orphaned children due to HIV/AIDS
3. Persons and Families affected by HIV/AIDS
4. Children of very poor and vulnerable parents
Both partners initiate and animate activities to recomfort these target social groups within the potentials and compitence of each organisation.
Emphasis are accorded to the following :

VIH/AIDS Prevention within the target groups:
On request of the beneficiaries, both organisations organise social mobilisation and public education campaigns including fund raising within a well establish plan of action each year. Participate in capacity building and advocacy activities organized locally, at national or international level as need arises. Organize lobbying with the aim of reducing the risks of propagation of HIV within the communities.
Prevention of stigmatization, discrimination and non-respect of therapeutic prescriptions
Many factors contribute to stressful attitudes of persons living with HIV whether within the group or not. These include :
• Auto stigmatization and auto discrimination due to fear as the principal cause, lack of information and isolation from others.
•The non respect of therapeutic prescription due to the lack of information on nutritoinal or therapeutic needs and poverty.
• The non acceptance of serological statute by the patient or the entourage.
To remedy and improve on these problems, Cameroon Link developped modules for informationa and counselling within the health care facilities and during home care within the families. Difficult situations are referred to the District Hospitals with recommendation for special attentiion.
Cameroon Link documentation centre operates as a community counselling focal point. The counselling activities aim at getting seropositive patients to accept their situation as the first step to accessing the needed aid.
Educative talks on the respect of therapeutic prescriptions and nutritional needs are organized regularly with the assistance of specialists in diet combinations and food sciences. These sessions are organized twice a month at the Cameroon Link Centre as a means of also reinforcing the capacities of persons living with HIV who are already on tri-therapies of anti-retrovirals or not.
On the psycho-social sector, information and advice are made available on demande regularly at Cameroon Link Centre. Regular home visits are also planned to guarantee that patients regularly respect the therapeutic prescrptions or whether the patient is having any particular problems and assist where necessary.
Creative initiatives are undertaken to ameliorate the conditions of very poor families under advantaged children, like helping in setting up small income generation occupational activities. This is an area that needs to be well developped but Cameroon Link resources remain limited.
Global Care of Orphans
Activities directed to orphan care include :
• Consistent health care of orphans by organizing de-worming, immunisation, assistance with essential drugs, hospitalisation and guaranteeing their enrollment in primary schools to prepare them for a better future.
• Advocacy for scholarships to purchase educational pedagogic needs, uniforms and school fees are organized during holidays for an adequate academic year preparation take off. Those in orphanages receive primary school placements scholarships and pedagogic materials. Non schooling orphans are oriented into learning self-help initiative trades.
• Periodically, nutritional diet packs are distributed with clothing to orphans, especially those under the care of families.
• Pyscho-social activities are organized to animate the children and to give them an opportunity to feel the opportunities of other children through sports and exchange visits. Counselling and orientation of orphans is undertaken as a means of assessing their basic needs.
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Contact: Cameroon Link, P.O. Box 1460 Douala, Littoral Province, Cameroon
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