A mother cradles her sick baby in the children’s ward at Mora General hospital. Far-North, Cameroon, March 2020.

Cameroon

Since 2011, violent attacks by armed opposition groups and the counterinsurgency operations of the Nigerian army have forced hundreds of thousands of people from northeast Nigeria to seek refuge in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

In addition, a second, little-known humanitarian situation has also been evolving in the country's Northwest and Southwest Regions. Violence between government forces and separatist non-state armed groups from the English-speaking community has escalated sharply in recent years, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and leaving them in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

 

Our activities in 2021 in Cameroon

 Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021

MSF IN CAMEROON IN 2021 In 2021, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) supported displaced people, refugees and host communities in areas affected by conflict, violence and epidemics and supported the national COVID-19 and cholera responses in Cameroon.
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2021 was marked by outbreaks of armed violence, resulting in large numbers of displaced people in the Far North and Southwest regions of Cameroon. By mid-year, almost two million people were displaced, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The level of violence left our teams working in a more volatile context, resulting in limited access to healthcare services for vulnerable people.

To respond to the increasing healthcare needs, we supported hospitals and health centres, and ran a 24-hour ambulance service. We also provided a decentralised model of care through community health volunteers, who are trained to treat simple cases of common diseases.  

Limited access to healthcare for vulnerable people
In the Northwest region of Cameroon, where MSF activities were suspended by the authorities in December 2020, we were not granted permission to resume our medical activities and eventually had to remove most staff while maintaining a liaison office in Bamenda. This prolonged suspension left thousands of people deprived of lifesaving medical care.

In addition, in the anglophone Southwest region of Cameroon, we continue to witness public attacks on MSF, harassment and detention of our teams, which drastically reduces medical and humanitarian access. Despite these challenges, we continue to support people through numerous medical interventions, from surgeries to responding to epidemics.

Response to outbreaks
To support the authorities’ response to a cholera outbreak in Ekondo Titi, Southwest region, we treated patients in Idenau, Bamusso and Kombo Itindi health areas. We administered vaccinations, and facilitated water and sanitation and awareness activities on treatment and prevention.

MSF supported the national COVID-19 response during the second and third waves in Buea, Maroua, Mora and Yaoundé. Our response included constructing isolation units, treating patients, donating oxygen supplies, training healthcare staff, providing health promotion and assisting in vaccinations in Yaoundé. We also undertook scientific studies on COVID-19 in Cameroon.

IN 2021

 
MSF Flag Cameroon
Armed conflict

All MSF staff acquitted in military tribunal in Cameroon

Press Release 11 Jan 2023
 
MSF, Doctors Without Borders, Detained MSF colleagues provisionally released
Armed conflict

Colleagues detained in Cameroon provisionally released from prison

Press Release 20 May 2022
 
MSF, Doctors Without Borders, Cameroon, Suspension of activities and teams
Cameroon

Forced to withdraw teams from North-West region

Press Release 4 Aug 2021
 
St Mary Soledad Hospital in Bamenda the base of MSF's ambulance service in Cameroon's North-West Region, and a hospital where MSF teams provided specialised care. Cameroon, 2020
Access to Healthcare

Cameroon, North-West region: Denied access to healthcare

Press Release 23 Jun 2021
 
MSF teams respond to school shooting in Kumba, Cameroon
Cameroon

MSF teams responds to school shooting in Kumba

Press Release 26 Oct 2020
 
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Access to coronavirus diagnostic tools is crucial to the response - An example from Cameroon

Patient and Staff Stories 14 Aug 2020