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Cameroon

Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 19,522,000 (2009)
National language: English, French, native dialects
Per capita income: US$ 1,170 (2009)
Life expectancy: 51 years (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
74% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
47% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 154/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! Cameroon is frequently called the “hinge of Africa” due to its central location and frequent volcanic activity.

Slightly larger than California, Cameroon is in Western Africa. In addition to having coastline on the Bight of Biafra, the country shares borders with Nigeria, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

With oil reserves and arable farmland, Cameroon has better natural resources to foster economic development than many African countries. However, unemployment and poverty are both high, and economic progress is slow as a result. Successful cash crops include coffee and cocoa. Oil production and refining is the main industry. Although high levels of international debt have hurt the country’s prospects of development, recent debt relief may signal an end to this national problem.

Plan Cameroon works with children and their families in 534 communities, focusing on improving health care and access to education as well as promoting economic development. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.