Mora, Far-North Cameroon

Cameroon

Cameroon is facing multiple and overlapping crises, including recurrent epidemics, malnutrition due to food insecurity, displacement, and conflict.

Currently, our teams run medical humanitarian projects in the Far North, providing services such as medical care, surgical care, maternal and obstetric care, and psychological care. 

We also provide emergency response to epidemics, such as cholera and measles. In the Far North, Littoral, Centre and South-West regions, we have recently provided support to the Ministry of Health to respond to the cholera outbreak. 

Our medical activities in the North-West region were suspended in December 2020 by the authorities, and in the South-West, we decided to temporarily suspend activities after the arrest of four of our colleagues in December 2021 during an ambulance referral. We are in continued dialogue with the authorities to restart medical assistance in other regions.
 

Our activities in 2021 in Cameroon

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021.  
 

MSF in Cameroon in 2021 In 2021, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supported displaced people, refugees and host communities in areas affected by conflict, violence and epidemics, and supported the national COVID-19 and cholera responses in Cameroon.
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2021 was marked by outbreaks of armed violence, resulting in large numbers of displaced people in the Far North and Southwest regions of Cameroon. By mid-year, almost two million people were displaced, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The level of violence left our teams working in a more volatile context, resulting in limited access to healthcare services for vulnerable people.

To respond to the increasing healthcare needs, we supported hospitals and health centres, and ran a 24-hour ambulance service. We also provided a decentralised model of care through community health volunteers, who are trained to treat simple cases of common diseases.  

Limited access to healthcare for vulnerable people
In the Northwest region of Cameroon, where MSF activities were suspended by the authorities in December 2020, we were not granted permission to resume our medical activities and eventually had to remove most staff while maintaining a liaison office in Bamenda. This prolonged suspension left thousands of people deprived of lifesaving medical care.

In addition, in the anglophone Southwest region of Cameroon, we continue to witness public attacks on MSF, harassment and detention of our teams, which drastically reduces medical and humanitarian access. Despite these challenges, we continue to support people through numerous medical interventions, from surgeries to responding to epidemics.

Response to outbreaks
To support the authorities’ response to a cholera outbreak in Ekondo Titi, Southwest region, we treated patients in Idenau, Bamusso and Kombo Itindi health areas. We administered vaccinations, and facilitated water and sanitation and awareness activities on treatment and prevention.

MSF supported the national COVID-19 response during the second and third waves in Buea, Maroua, Mora and Yaoundé. Our response included constructing isolation units, treating patients, donating oxygen supplies, training healthcare staff, providing health promotion and assisting in vaccinations in Yaoundé. We also undertook scientific studies on COVID-19 in Cameroon.

 

in 2021
 
Bamenda/North-West Ambulance service
Cameroon

People in northwest seek healthcare as MSF denied providing medical services

Press Release 22 Jun 2021
 
MSF descentralized model of care
Cameroon

Healthcare in the community, by the community in Cameroon

Project Update 4 Feb 2021
 
South Sudan - MSF hospital in Agok
Cameroon

Ambulance fired on in South-West Cameroon

Statement 4 Feb 2021
 
Patient in an MSF ambulance
Cameroon

Doctors Without Borders responds to school shooting in southwest Cameroon

Press Release 24 Oct 2020
 
A hospital at the heart of violence-torn North-West Cameroon
Cameroon

A hospital at the heart of the North-West crisis in Cameroon

Project Update 1 Sep 2020
 
Cameroon

Doctors Without Borders condemns the killing of a community health worker in South-West Cameroon

Statement 11 Jul 2020
 
Visitors pass by the COVID-19 pre-screening, Bamenda's St Mary Soledad Hospital
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF supports COVID-19 response in Cameroon

Project Update 16 Apr 2020
 
Mora - Far North Region of Cameroon
Cameroon

Conflict in Far North region strips people of hope

Project Update 3 Dec 2019
 
Franck Ale - MSF Epidemiologist
Cholera

How to identify the causes of an epidemic and respond strategically

Interview 21 Aug 2019

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