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

Cameroon

In 2020, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) assisted displaced people, refugees and vulnerable host communities in areas affected by violence in Cameroon and Nigeria,  and supported the national COVID-19 response.

The year was marked by repeated outbreaks of armed violence, followed by new waves of displacement, particularly in Northwest and Southwest regions. By 
December, a total of 705,000 people were displaced, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The level of violence has had a severe impact on access to healthcare services in these regions. 

To respond to increasing needs, our teams supported around 30 hospitals and health centres, and ran a 24-hour ambulance service, managing almost 9,000 referrals. Our community health workers, whom we have trained to treat simple cases of common diseases, such as malaria and diarrhoea, conducted more than 150,000 consultations. 

On 10 December, agreements between MSF and Ministry of Health facilities in Northwest were suspended by the authorities, leading to the practical cessation of our activities, which has left significant gaps in medical services in the region.

 

Nigerian refugees and internally displaced people in Far North region

People in Cameroon’s Far North continue to suffer the consequences of daily armed clashes while facing high levels of food insecurity due to the unpredictable climate. While we concluded our support to Maroua regional hospital after training specialist staff and refurbishing parts of the hospital such as the intensive care unit, we launched general healthcare activities in Kolofata and added emergency surgery to our Mora project. Previously, many of the trauma and obstetric surgery patients treated in Maroua were referred from Mora. Our Mora project also continued to treat malaria, diarrhoea and paediatric malnutrition.

MSF surgeons provide care to a patient at St Mary Hospital in Bamenda, Northwest region. Cameroon.
MSF in Cameroon in 2020

Bamenda, North-West Cameroon

MSF surgeons provide care to a patient at St Mary Hospital in Bamenda, Northwest region. He was attacked on the road by armed men, who tortured him and shot him five times.

Response to outbreaks

We responded to cholera outbreaks in Douala, Kribi and the Bakassi Peninsula with responses including vaccination campaigns and health promotion. In Kribi, community outreach teams made more than 80,000 home visits to raise awareness of prevention measures. MSF supported the national COVID-19 response in five of Cameroon’s 10 regions by constructing isolation zones, donating oxygen supplies, training healthcare staff, conducting health promotion and research, and treating patients. 

No. staff in 2020: 658 (FTE) » Expenditure in 2020: €20.9 million MSF first worked in the country: 1984

 
MSF, Doctors Without Borders, Cameroon, Suspension of activities and teams
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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

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Cameroon

MSF teams responds to school shooting in Kumba

Press Release 26 Oct 2020
 
COVID-19 (coronavirus disease)

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Cameroon

MSF condemns the killing of a community health worker in South-West Cameroon

Press Release 11 Jul 2020
 
Cameroon

Bracing for impact of COVID-19

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