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
 
Medical and mental healthcare for people displaced by violence in the Lake Chad area.
Lake Chad Crisis

Lake Chad: Populations fleeing Boko Haram violence

Crisis Update 20 Aug 2015
 
Niger: thousands facing precarious conditions after being forced to leave Lake Chad
Photo Story

Around Lake Chad: People living in fear

1 Jul 2015
Photo Story
 
Chad - Medical care for people fleeing Boko Haram attacks
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

Lake Chad: Waves of displacement and fear

Project Update 19 Jun 2015
 
Cameroon - Care for malnourished CAR refugees
Photo Story

Gallery: Central African refugees in Cameroon

4 Dec 2014
Photo Story
 
IPD - Airport Bangui CAR
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

Central African Refugees in Chad and Cameroon: “Suitcase or Coffin”

Report 16 Jul 2014
 
Cameroon - Buruli Ulcer sensitization week
Cameroon

"We're in the process of writing a page of medical history"

Voices from the Field 14 Jul 2014
 
Journal article

Impact of HIV on the Severity of Buruli Ulcer Disease: Results of a Retrospective Study in Cameroon

26 Apr 2014
Journal article
 
Cameroon

35,000 flee fighting in Central African Republic

Project Update 14 Mar 2014
 
Cameroon - CAR refugees in Garoua-Boulaï
Cameroon

Deplorable living conditions for CAR refugees

Press Release 28 Feb 2014

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