Community Overview: Kumbo and the project sites in Kifem and Mbiim 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 6,000.
Project Partner: Diocese of Kumbo
The Diocese of Kumbo was established in 1982. Before that, it was part of the Diocese of Bamenda. It is comprised of two civil administrative divisions, located in the Bamenda grasslands that cover about 3,000 square miles. There are 11 ethnic groups: Nso’ tribe, the Oku tribe and the Noni tribe in Bui Division, and the Wimbum, Mbembe, Jukum, Nchanti, Mfumte, Yamba, Mbaw and Mambila tribes in Donga-Mantung Division. Each of these tribes has its own language and dialects.
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 Kumbo and the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis 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.