Community Overview: Bamenda and the project sites in Babanki and Bukow are found in the northwest part of Cameroon. The main occupation of the people who live here is farming and cattle rearing. The main cash crops are coffee and, to a lesser extent, cocoa. The people grow maize, cocoyams, cassava, banana, and ground nuts for household consumption. More than 80% of the general populations live on less than a dollar a day. Child mortality is high and access to healthcare is a challenge because of the rural living conditions and the distance from most villages to the closest clinic.
Service Area Population: Approximately 7150.
Project Partners: Diocese of Bamenda (Babanki), Sisters of the Cross of Chavenod (Bukow)
The Diocese of Bamenda was established in 1970. Before that, it was part of the Diocese of Buea. In 1982 it was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bamenda. The Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavenod had its beginnings in 1838 in the small village of Chavenod in the mountainous region of Haute Savoie in France. They began working in Cameroon in 1987.
Project Overview: Our Cameroon projects are multi-faceted and the target beneficiaries are the rural children who have had little or no previous access to any primary health services. MFH is collaborating with the Diocese of Bamenda and the Sisters of the Cross of Chavenod to effectively address the key causes of child deaths. We are assisting our healthcare partners to develop community-based systems of preventive care and education, to improve the quality of health facilities and maternal and child services, and to integrate these components of effective and sustainable primary care in the selected areas. We are also working together to increase access to clean water and sanitation.