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Cameroon’s Mobile Health Clinic Supports Thousands of Children and Pregnant Women

A child receives a vitamin A drop at a rural outreach post in the Bafut health district.
A child receives a vitamin A drop at a rural outreach post in the Bafut health district.
May 2, 2014
Plan International is helping health care reach remote areas in Cameroon.

A mobile health clinic supported by Plan International in Cameroon is increasing access to health care for children, new mothers, and pregnant women.

Designed to offer access in remote and rural areas, the project is aimed, in part, at reducing infant and maternal mortality rates.

“The Mobile Clinic Project has two main strategies: the first is to deliver a minimum package of basic health care in remote communities that are far away from health facilities,” said Plan Cameroon Health Advisor Dr. Sayang Collins. “The second is institutional support to the government through capacity building of medical staff and Community Health Workers, as well as support to campaigns like mother and child nutritional weeks that are organized twice a year by the government.”

The five-year Mobile Clinic Project has helped to save the lives of hundreds of children since 2011. Each year in Cameroon, around 83,000 children under 5 die from preventable and treatable diseases, and more than 50 percent of those deaths occur at home or in the community due to difficult geographical access to health care.

How well has the project worked?

 

Since implementing the project three years ago, more than 70,000 children under the age of 2 and 115,064 under the age of 5 have been vaccinated by the Mobile Clinic.

126 community health workers were trained on Integrated Management of Community Illnesses (IMCI) and supporting outreach activities.

Child mortality caused by malnutrition has dropped from three to one per month in two Health Districts in Bertoua.

Around 4,200 pregnant women have benefited from at least two antenatal clinics.

Up to 16,102 children under the age of 5 have been dewormed and have received doses of vitamin A.

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