Thursday, July 18, 2019

La Réunion Préparatoire de la SMAM 2019 se tenue à Yaoundé

Par James Achanyi Fontem, camlinknews
Email:camlink99@gmail.com Le Chef du Service de la Diététique et des Interventions Nutritionnelles a la Sous-Direction de l’Alimentation et de la Nutrition au Ministère de la Santé Publique du Cameroun, Mme NGEDE MPONGE epse MAHAMAT Marlyse, a présidé a première réunion préparatoire de la Semaine Mondiale de l’Allaitement Maternel (SMAM 2019 a Yaoundé le Mercredi, 17 Juillet. Après le mot de bienvenu au participants de la réunion venant de l’OMS, UNICEF, HKI, OSC et OBC en fonction au Cameroun, elle a annoncé le thème de la SMAM 2019 et propose un plan d’action a suivre pendant les activités au Cameroun. Les échanges sur le thème, le plan d’action, les résultats attendus et les supports de la communication a suivi avec l’annonce de la date de la prochaine rencontre. Le thème de la SMAMA 2019 est « Autonomiser les parents et faciliter l’allaitement». Mme NGEDE MPONGE a touché dans le plan d’action, les Objectifs, les Faits réels au Cameroun et dans d’autres pays, les activités à mener, les attentes dans les dix régions du Cameroun et les supports de communication à utiliser.
L’objectif général de la SMAM 2019 est de protéger, promouvoir et soutenir l’allaitement à travers: des mesures et des lois de protection sociale des parents; des lieux de travail favorables aux parents dans les secteurs formel et informel et des valeurs favorables aux parents et des normes sociales équitables entre les sexes. Les Objectifs spécifiques sont d’Informer la population sur les liens entre une protection sociale des parents égalitaire homme/femme et l’allaitement maternel; ancrer des valeurs favorables aux parents et des normes sociales d’équité entre les sexes à tous les niveaux afin de soutenir l’allaitement maternel; nouer le dialogue avec le public et les organisations pour un meilleur impact; propulser les actions en faveur d’une protection sociale des parents respectant l’égalité des sexes, afin de faire progresser l’allaitement maternel.
Parlant des faits réels ,on constate qu’au niveau mondial, la reprise d’un travail rémunéré par la mère après la naissance d’un enfant est l’une des raisons principales du recours au lait commercial et à l’arrêt précoce de l’allaitement. De nombreuses grandes entreprises mondiales adoptent des congés parentaux plus généreux, plus équitables, ainsi que d’autres pratiques favorables à la famille pour un gain en termes de réputation et d’avantages économiques et plus de la moitié (61,2 %) de la main d’œuvre mondiale gagne sa vie dans l’économie informelle en tant que travailleur indépendant (à son propre compte), migrant, domestique, agricole, occasionnel ou temporaire
Pour les activités à mener, il aura le lancement officiel de la SMAM 2019 qui se tiendra dans les locaux du bâtiment logeant les Direction de la Promotion de la Santé, la Direction de la Pharmacie et du Laboratoire et l’Observatoire de l’épidémiologie; •Un atelier médiatisé de restitution de l’évaluation du décret N° 2005 / 5168 / PM du 01 Décembre 2005 portant règlementation de la commercialisation des substituts du lait maternel (Yaoundé); •Un atelier médiatisé de sensibilisation des élus locaux (parlementaires « Racine de Vie » et maires) tenu sur la question du congé de maternité et de paternité et de leur soutien auprès des mères dans l’atteinte des objectifs de l’allaitement maternel (Yaoundé); •Une table ronde médiatisée tenue avec des chercheurs et responsables du Gouvernement, les agents du système des Nations Unies, ONG, Société sur la question de rassembler des preuves de l’impact de la protection parentale et de la protection de la maternité sur l’allaitement, et diffuser les recommandations (Yaoundé). •Un atelier médiatisé de sensibilisation des syndicats et employeurs (MINFOPRA, MINFI, CNPS, GICAM…) tenu sur la question de la création d’un cadre de travail favorable à l’allaitement (Yaoundé) •Un atelier médiatisé de restitution de l’évaluation du décret N° 2005 / 5168 / PM du 01 Décembre 2005 portant règlementation de la commercialisation des substituts du lait maternel (Yaoundé) •Production des supports de communication pour les 10 régions (Yaoundé) •Activités de la SMAM à mener dans les 10 régions avec les associations de promotion de l’allaitement, les hommes de médias… •Et le suivi / évaluation des activités sur le terrain. Supports de communication attendus pendant la SMAM 2019 sont les banderoles; Tee-Shirts, Plaquettes questions réponses sur l’allaitement; les Dépliants sur le thème; les Flyers; le Dossier de presse et les affiches. En conclusion, Mme Ngede Mponge a demandé qu’on travaillent ensemble pour autonomiser les parents et faciliter l’allaitement, aujourd’hui et demain. La prochaine réunion est annonce pour le 23 juillet 2019 à Yaoundé.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Celebration of 1st Edition of the Kings Day in Cameroon

By James AchanyiFontem, camlinknews
His Majesty, NDOUMBE Emmanuel of Bonendale – Douala hosted the national conference to start preparations for the celebration of the Kings’ Day in Cameroon on July 30. The celebration of the Kings’ Day in Africa is an initiative of an International NGO WOCOTOMADI (World Coming Together To Make a Difference)based in the United States of America Mrs. Siewe as the International President.The occasion is to valorize the activities of African Kings and Traditional Chefs. The conference to prepare for the celebration proper takes place on the 14th July 2019 at the Palce of Bonendale-Douala. Traditional leaders in attendance came from all regions of Cameroon. In the chat with His Majesty NDOUMBE Emmanuel of Bonendale-Douala, he introduces his territory of competence and talks about the significance of the Kings’ Day in Africa and why the celebration in Cameroon.
Following the official opening declaration by His Majesty NDOUMBE Emmanuel, conference members listened to eight (8) presentations by the National President of WOCOTOMADI,HRM Fonjinju Alexandre who was in the USA during the last international conference, HRM Fonjinju is also President of Lenale Ndem UNESCO Palace Museum in Melong, Moungo Division. He spole on the importance of promoting arts and culture of Africa.
This was followed by an address by HRM DHINN of Bonantone, Lady Emma Odette NYOBE, DJEUMEN KWINGA Merlin, and HM Tsala, who is a member of the commission to prepare the celebration of the event on July 30; This video relates the story of the creation of WOCOTOMADI by the Cameroon National President.Please share these kunks:https://youtu.be/NbF32M7Vwuo https://youtu.be/SUKhB3w06-s

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Les OSCD et OBC du Moungo sont formé sur le montage des projets AGR

Par James Achanyi Fontem
camlinknews OSCD Cameroon Link a participé à une formation a Nkongsamba , Département du Moungo dans la région du Littoral du Cameroun, le 5 Juillet, 2019 dans le cadre du partenariat MINSANTE/INTERFACE ADES pour l’exécution du contrat de la mise en œuvre des activités de sante de la phase II de 2019 6 2020. La formation avait regroupé les leaders des OSCD et OBC des arrondissements dans le département du Moungo. La formation était ouverte par la présidente de l’Interface ADEs, Mme Annick Sollé et animé par le Consultant de l’organisation de la société civile, M.Nsia Maurice. Dans le mot de bienvenue de Mme Annick Sollé avait présenté les objectifs de la formation et les résultats attendus. L’Expert Consultant, M. Maurice Nsia, avait démarré la formation avec la présentation du module sur la stratégie partenariale au Cameroun avant de guider les participants sur le montage et gestion des projets du développement durable avec des cas d’AGR dans les communautés à faible revenue.
Nous avons ensuite suivi un module sur la mobilisation sociale et la recherche des financements, comment soumissionner un appel à manifestation d’un projet avant les travaux en trois groupes de participants. Avant la fin de la formation, les leaders des OSCD et OBC ont élaboré leur plans d’actions annuels par domaine d’intervention pour la période 2019 à 2020. Il y a eu la restitution des travaux des groupes avec les échanges d’amélioration en plénière avant la clôture de la formation par Mme Annick Sollé, l’initiatrice de la formation. L’expert consultant a apprécié la participation active des leaders des OSCD et OBC du Moungo. Un participant a remercié l’Interface ADES pour l’initiative.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

MEMORIAL CELEBRATION OF LATE SYLVIA NVENGU ACHANYI

By camlinknews
Mrs. SYLVIA NVENGU ACHANYI affectionately known as “Syl” was born in Mamfe, South West Region of Cameroon to Pa. James Achanyi Fontem and Mrs. Thecla Annaze Achanyi. She was the 4th of 7 children in the family and she left behind her a 15-year old daughter Annaze Achanyi. Silvia schooled in several places and developped entrepreneurial skills, which made her distinct as a motivated and brave woman of the- Reception at Achanyi Fontem’s Family Residence in Grand Hangar-Bonaberi Funeral celebration SINGING & DANCING by different meeting groups society as far as business is concerned. Before coming to Douala from Mamfe, she cared for her grand grand mother, Mammy Mafua Emenkeng Fotabong-ancheu for three good years. Mafua Emenkeng passed into transition at the age of 105 years. Due to the insecurity and health problems, she arrived Douala and joined the family, where she struggled survive to no avail, until she passed away at the LA QUINTINE HOSPITAL on Tuesday, 14th May 2019. Seasons will come, and seasons will go, but Silvia will forever remain in the Hearts of many. APPRECIATION The ACHANYI FONTEM Family wishes to use this opportunity to express their profound gratitude to the Almighty God who gave them a very loving and caring daughter, sister and wife. The Family thanks each and every one for the wonderful support, unending words of comfort and encouragement, courage and strength during this period of grief. The Family of ACHANYI FONTEM extends a message of 1.000 times “Thank You To All For Their Financial, Material and moral Support during the hard time of the loss of their daughter SATURDAY. 18th May 2019 08:00 - ARRIVAL OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS AND OTHERS AT THE BONASSAMA DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOR REMOVAL OF CORPSE 09:00 - REMOVAL OF CORPS FROM BONASSAMA MORTUARY 10:00 - Mass at St. Peter’s Parish in Grand Hangar - Bonaberi offered by Rev. Fr. Hilair - Blessing of the Corpse by Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Hilair 11:00 - Laying of corpse at Ach anyi Fontem Family Home, Grand Hangar for short visitation by public - Carrying of corpse from Achanyi Fontem Family Resident to BONABRI Burial Ground (This is opposite St. Albrt Catholic Parish) 12:00 - Reception at Achanyi Fontem’s Family Residence in Bloc 5, Grand Hangar-Bonaberi, Douala City neighbourhood - Funeral celebration were full of SINGING & DANCING by different meeting groups https://youtu.be/t3FI4HwNqOQ https://youtu.be/dXSO6GNB3eA https://youtu.be/_yDgC7s1Tk8 https://youtu.be/Kwm91P3DmVQ https://youtu.be/XkgVnp0L6Ic

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Learning from Commonwealth: Participation, Education & Development

Perspective On Community Media & Education By James Achanyi-Fontem,CEO, Cameroon Link Email: camlink99@gmail.com
It was a pleasure to participate in activities marking the 2019 Commonwealth Day in Cameroon. James Achanyi Fontem, the CEO of Cameroon Link who holds the position of the liaison person for the Commonwealth of Learning Cameroon Link Partnership led activities on Commonwealth Day in Douala, economic capital of Cameroon.. Cameroon Link was pleased to contribute and share its experiences and also learn from others during the 70th Anniversary of the Commonwealth this year. Activities in Douala focused on “Learning from Community Media to impact on Commonwealth Development in Cameroon. As a member of the Commonwealth trained team in Cameron, James Achanyi Fontem shared his views on on the topic, “Participation, Education and Development” in the context of 2019 Commonwealth Day theme: A Connected Commonwealth’. In the context of Cameroon, Community media is found as a tool for increasing participation in learning and development processes. This takes root from identifying learning needs to designing programming, creating content, talking about the Commonwealth and providing feedback. Due to the fact that there is a lack of appropriate and effective learning opportunities in remote rural and resource-poor regions of Cameroon, while schools do not cater for non-formal or life-long needs of school drop outs and adults, the only way to change attitudes is through community media. Activities linked to community media are a good strategy for educating the population and to deliver part of a conversation on the Commonwealth goals and successes for communication and development projects on “A Connected Commonwealth”.Through the collaboration with different groups, we realize that participation helps to ensure relevance in planning and responsiveness in implementation of development goals. During a survey in rural areas of Cameroon, it was noted that the existence of local media, community development channels, information and communication technology (ICT) centres and other localized services were not effectively structured for engaged learning. This made Cameroon Link feel that there remains untapped potentials in collaboration among the different groups. To fill the gap, community radios should be assisted to go beyond the issue of connectivity since they cater for the interests of certain areas/communities by broadcasting material that is popular to a local audience. Such broadcast material or information is usually based on the social, economic and cultural aspects of the very community. During the recent survey by Cameroon Link, it became visible that the main focus of community media is not just installing equipment and creating connections to entertain the publics, but rather to organize the community so that it can resolve its specific problems, which may vary from one setting to the other. In Cameroon, community radio stations are usually jointly owned by the community and NGOs or associations, that are not profit motivated, and therefore their programming is not influenced by sponsors/advertisers It serves as a means by which to avoid self-marginalization while still adhering to the principles of community interests and social objectives. Community media is a means by which local news and information is disseminated. It allows citizens to inform themselves about the issues taking place around them. This explains why we used this opportunity to undertake advocacy activities towards celebrations marking the 2019 Commonwealth Day in Cameroon. Since Community media are gaining too much popularity today, those in management need tips on how to manage them, package information so that it is relevant and also, get ideas on how to sustain them; given the fact that they are not profit orientated. Community media in all its various forms are inseparably linked to the enhancement of a civil society and civic participation. It is bound only by the limits of creativity and of course accessibility to resources and spectrum. The key characteristics of community media convey a more clear understanding of its definition as well as its depth and dimension in terms of how it takes shape in the civic landscape. It reflects their communities, and more importantly also become integral to the communities which they serve. Integration is achieved through ensuring their accountability to the particular community concerned .This takes the form of community ownership within a legally constituted non-profit distributing structure. Community Radio is a powerful tool for learning for development, especially informal learning for improving health and livelihoods. The role of community radio provides non-formal educational opportunities, especially for non literate communities in Cameroon. Community media outlets not only reflect their communities, more importantly they are integral to the communities which they serve. The integration is achieved through ensuring their independence from commercial interests, but also through ensuring their accountability to the particular community concerned. The accountability often takes the form of community ownership within a legally constituted non-profit distributing structure. Community Radio for example is a powerful tool for learning for development, especially informal learning for improving health and livelihoods. The scale of learning challenge is so overwhelming that all viable methods are harnessed to it. Several thousands of children between the ages of 12 and 14 are not in secondary school for various reasons and we have a first challenge of scale that must be addressed. Community radio can play an important role in giving youngsters the skills that will lead to better livelihoods and getting them into employment or self-employment. It can also help to keep them healthy, which is the second challenge. There is clearly an urgent need for more learning about health. Community radio is a focal point for community driven learning, allowing learners to identify their own priorities based on participatory mechanisms of assessment. Radio Dramas, storytelling and interviews in particular, are effective and low cost ways of making community voices an integral part of the learning process. Participatory tools used in the development of learning programs encourage networking and collaboration among key local actors, as well as effective advocacy for open distance learning. This helps to share knowledge about community-based learning programmers through networking possibilities. To forge ahead positively, we should be able to build capacity in community groups for designing participatory educational programming, particularly bringing together radio with other groups in development, health, education, etc. in consultation and research about educational priorities, and educational programed development processes, This will enable us to better experiment and demonstrate appropriate educational community radio broadcasts for example on maternal and child health care, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Sickle Cell, etc, especially as it will increase participation in learning and development process, after identifying learning needs, designing programming, creating content, talking about it and providing feedback. In conclusion, participation through joint efforts by the different groups and sectors in the community helps to ensure relevance in planning and responsiveness in implementation. It enables better collective, collaborative responses to development challenges such as maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, malaria, sickle cell, diabetes and other problems the people living within the community face regularly.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Emmanuel Atangh weds Elisabeth Nkengafac

By camlinknews
On the 26th January 2019, Emmanuel and Elisabeth decided to join hands in marriage at Douala-Dakar in Cameroon. Emmanuel is a nutritionist involved in the transformation of cassava into grri flour at Njuki Village, while Elisabeth is a tescher Grade I. Parents, relatives and friends of both families accepted the union and shared in the dinner and feasting. Negotiations ahead of the traditional marriage went smoothly and the wedded were wished abundant blessings with many kids.