Community Overview: Buea and the project sites in Basenga, Buea and Fiango 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 38,801
Project Partners: Diocese of Buea (Baseng and Fiango), Sisters of St. Therese (Buea)
The Diocese of Buea is located in the city of Buea in the South West Region of Cameroon. It was originally established as Apostolic Prefecture of Buea in 1923, and was promoted as Diocese of Buea in 1950. The Sisters of St Therese of the Child Jesus of Buea are the only Diocesan Congregation in the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province. They operate the Mount Mary Hospital in Buea.
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 Buea and the Sisters of St. Therese 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.