Community Overview: Mamfe and the project sites in Mamfe and Nfuni 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 22,000.
Project Partners: Sisters of St. Therese (Mamfe), Sisters of the Divine Providence (Nfuni),
Since its creation, the story of the Diocese of Mamfe, has been one of ambition, hope and faith. Being a rural diocese, there are very limited tarred roads within the diocese. The rugged earth roads are virtually impassable during the rainy season. The Sisters of St. Therese continue to persevere here. The Sisters of the Divine Providence formed in France in 1852, and dedicated themselves to the instruction and care of the world’s neediest people. Today, the sisters of this congregation serve on four continents.
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 Sisters of St. Therese and the Sisters of the Divine Providence 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.