FAIRMED continues its commitment to refugees in Cameroon's two largest cities
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and FAIRMED are extending their partnership. Thereby, both parties are committing to helping refugees for another year in Cameroon’s two largest cities of Yaoundé and Douala.
In recent years, hundreds of thousands of people have been fleeing to Cameroon from surrounding countries, among other causes due to the conflicts in the Central African Republic. Many make their way to Yaoundé and Douala, where the local healthcare system has struggled to cope with the additional pressure. Against this backdrop, FAIRMED has been on the ground and working to help refugees since July 2017.
The projects in both cities are financed by the UNHCR, which has now extended its partnership with FAIRMED for a further year. “We are extremely pleased that the UNHCR has placed their trust in us. We want to make a contribution to the health of refugees in urban centres and, at the same time, ensure through these projects that nobody dies as the result of an easily curable disease,” says Cathérine A. Akom, our country manager for Cameroon.
Free medical consultations and treatments
“Because refugees generally live in very poor conditions, their access to health services must be safeguarded,” says Akom. This is made possible by free medical consultations and treatments for refugees. Throughout, a particular focus is on vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and young children.
Alongside, FAIRMED is playing a strong coordinative role in the projects. “We work with key stakeholders, in particular with refugee representatives, local health facilities, local government agencies and other local NGOs to improve the health of refugees,” says Akom.