FAIRMED expands efforts to combat skin diseases

A high-level meeting in the Republic of Congo: Minister of Health Jacqueline Lydia Mikolo received a delegation from FAIRMED for a strategic exchange with the country’s highest-ranking policy makers. The background to the event is a project that aims at the eradication of the skin disease yaws.

The FAIRMED delegation with Bart Vander Plaetse (4.v.l.), Senior Technical Advisor Alphonse Um Boock (6.v.l.) and Programme Officer Afanji Smith (2.v.l.).

“The support of FAIRMED in the preparation and development phase of the project was received with great enthusiasm and has been promised the full support of the Ministry. FAIRMED is proud to be partnering with the Ministry of Health,” says Bart Vander Plaetse, who heads the programme division and is responsible for projects at FAIRMED.

The organisation OCEAC, which specialises in combating diseases in Africa, is behind the project. OCEAC is a body of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), consisting of member states Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Cameroon, Chad, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo, and is responsible for coordinating the health policies and measures of member countries.

One of the goals of OCEAC is to eradicate the malignant skin disease yaws in 17 endemic districts in the Republic of Congo, Cameroon and the Central African Republic. FAIRMED will also be playing a decisive role in this initiative.

The delegation led by Bart van der Plaetse, our senior technical advisor Alphonse Um Boock and programme officer Afanji Smith were thus invited to attend a visit to the Ministry of Health as well as a forum for all senior health workers. “Here too, the project and partnership were well received, and we were able to forge important links with the responsible persons,” reports Vander Plaetse.