Mora, Far-North Cameroon

Cameroon

Since 2011, violent attacks by armed opposition groups and the counterinsurgency operations of the Nigerian army have forced hundreds of thousands of people from northeast Nigeria to seek refuge in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

In addition, a second, little-known humanitarian situation has also been evolving in the country's Northwest and Southwest Regions. Violence between government forces and separatist non-state armed groups from the English-speaking community has escalated sharply in recent years, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and leaving them in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

MSF teams are currently responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the country, providing training for hospital staff in different areas of the country.

Our activities in 2020 in Cameroon

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.  
 

MSF in Cameroon in 2020 In 2020, MSF assisted displaced people, refugees and vulnerable host communities in areas affected by violence in Cameroon and Nigeria, and supported the national COVID-19 response.
Map of MSF activities in 2020 in Cameroon

The year was marked by repeated outbreaks of armed violence, followed by new waves of displacement, particularly in Northwest and Southwest regions. By December, a total of 705,000 people were displaced, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The level of violence has had a severe impact on access to healthcare services in these regions.  

To respond to increasing needs, our teams supported around 30 hospitals and health centres, and ran a 24-hour ambulance service, managing almost 9,000 referrals. Our community health workers, whom we have trained to treat simple cases of common diseases, such as malaria and diarrhoea, conducted more than 150,000 consultations.  

On 10 December, agreements between MSF and Ministry of Health facilities in Northwest were suspended by the authorities, leading to the practical cessation of our activities, which has left significant gaps in medical services in the region. 

Nigerian refugees and internally displaced people in Far North region
People in Cameroon’s Far North continue to suffer the consequences of daily armed clashes, while facing high levels of food insecurity due to the unpredictable climate.  

While we concluded our support to Maroua regional hospital after training specialist staff and refurbishing parts of the hospital such as the intensive care unit, we launched general healthcare activities in Kolofata and added emergency surgery to our Mora project. Previously, many of the trauma and obstetric surgery patients treated in Maroua were referred from Mora. Our Mora project also continued to treat malaria, diarrhoea and paediatric malnutrition. 

Response to outbreaks 
We responded to cholera outbreaks in Douala, Kribi and the Bakassi Peninsula with responses including vaccination campaigns and health promotion. In Kribi, community outreach teams made more than 80,000 home visits to raise awareness of prevention measures.  

MSF supported the national COVID-19 response in five of Cameroon’s 10 regions by constructing isolation zones, donating oxygen supplies, training healthcare staff, conducting health promotion and research, and treating patients.  

 

in 2020
 
Goura, Cameroon - Displaced from Rann, Nigeria
Cameroon

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Press Release 14 Feb 2019
 
Cameroonian Refugees in Cross Rive State
Photo Story

Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria

25 Jan 2019
Photo Story
 
Bodo , Cameroon - People fleeing Rann
Nigeria

Thousands fleeing Rann attack seek refuge in Cameroon

Project Update 16 Jan 2019
 
General view outside Amana village, Cross River State
Nigeria

Tens of thousands of Cameroonians seek refuge in southern Nigeria

Project Update 21 Dec 2018
 
Humanitarian Crisis in Diffa
Lake Chad Crisis

Fighting psychological fears in conflict-affected communities

Project Update 3 Aug 2018
 
MSF HIV Clinics in Kinshasa, DRC
HIV/AIDS

HIV response in West and Central Africa will not succeed if key barriers remain unaddressed

Press Release 3 Jul 2017
 
Journal article

MSF publishes study on the accuracy of HIV rapid diagnostic tests

20 Apr 2017
Journal article
 
Nigeria, Banki, March 2017
Nigeria

As refugees flee violence, others are forcibly returned

Press Release 19 Apr 2017
 
Lake Tchad Crisis: Responding to the humanitarian consequences of violence  (Extreme North Cameroon)
Lake Chad Crisis

Lake Chad: Years of Forgotten Crisis

Medium.com 31 Oct 2016

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