USAID Grant Helps MFH Provide Food Assistance to Children in Haiti.Medicines for Humanity (MFH) is very proud to be awarded a USAID food assistance grant through the Food for Peace Office. This International Food Relief Partnership grant will allow MFH to provide vulnerable children in Haiti with Nutributter, a nutritional supplement that helps to prevent malnutrition. Over the next 18 months, MFH will work to distribute Nutributter to toddlers in seven clinics operated by an order of Catholic Sisters in Haiti. This effort will improve nutrient intake for as many 12,000 children and provide nutrition education to parents to help families stay healthy after the project has ended. The partnership aims to address chronic malnutrition and stunting, which affects approximately twenty percent of children in Haiti. This project is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Please Note: The contents of this announcement are the responsibility of Medicines for Humanity and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.
Crisis Continues in CameroonOver the past year in Cameroon, there has been ongoing political tension, unrest and violence. The Anglophone part of Cameroon (approximately 20% of the population) feels marginalized and believes they are not receiving a fair share of government revenue. In November 2016, protests formed around the use of French in schools and courts. Several strikes occurred. The government responded by sending troops to assault protestors and fire on them. Subsequently, courts and schools were closed and have remained closed to this date. Curfews were instituted in some parts of the region. The strikes evolved into more demands for independence by the Anglophone community. The Cameroonian government – under the controversial, 35-year reign of President Biya - has reacted by installing military rule in the Anglophone region, clamping down on public movements and limiting rights. Police and armed troops move into areas where they suspect that leaders of the protest movement reside, and use forced entry to carry out arbitrary arrests and detentions. The secessionists’ movement has encouraged some residents to take up arms against the government. This movement instituted “no work/no movement days every Monday” across the entire NW and SW Regions. The situation is escalating and there is no clear resolution currently. The United Nations and Catholic Church are calling for dialogue, but the government has not been responsive. This past fall, elections were held on October 7th and the current president, Paul Biya, was declared the winner. The opposition rejected the results and violence escalated. More and more desperate families fled their homes and are hiding in forests. There is ongoing violence that is in a continual state of flux. Some areas are getting worse, while other communities grow calmer. The situation evolves daily. There has been an increase in kidnappings for ransom and violence. More than 181 villages have been burned and destroyed. More than 3,000 people have been killed. Over a half million people have been displaced. Medicines for Humanity has been monitoring and responding to the crisis from the start. As this crisis unfolds, our efforts to reach the most vulnerable with lifesaving health services are more important than ever. Most of our projects serve communities in the Anglophone region. MFH continues to operate essential health services, as well as provide support to the displaced population. Despite the closing of one clinic by the army and some Community Health Workers (CHWs) moving to safety, our more than 300 active CHWs – often at risk to their own lives - continue to provide desperately needed services to a population that is often threatened and under extreme duress. We have partnered with the Sisters of St. Therese and Diocesan Emergency Ad Hoc Committees to provide food and essential non-food items, delivery kits and transportation for pregnant women to the vulnerable, displaced population – some of which are in hiding. More than 5,000 families have received assistance. These relief efforts have expanded across all 5 Dioceses in the English-speaking part of the country. MFH recently advocated for U.S. intervention in the crisis through letters sent to U.S. Representatives. We continue to be deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of the thousands of mothers and children caught in the middle of this political upheaval, as well as our own staff and partners who are facing traumatic experiences daily, and personally sacrificing to help those in need. We continue to hope and pray for resolution and peace.
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