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Cameroon flagCountry Profile

Capital: Yaoundé

Language: English, French

Population: 23 million

Plan International has been working in Cameroon since 1996, helping poor children to access their rights to health, education, livelihoods and protection. We support more than 842 communities in 6 of Cameroon’s 10 regions.

Currently, Plan International Cameroon is helping to train peer educators to spread useful messages about HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention within local communities across Bertoua and Biteng regions.

Children playing on slide in refugee camp.
Community members accepting goats donated by Plan.
Men's group working at maternal health clinic

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important:

  • 39% of rural families don’t have clean water, putting children’s health at serious risk
  • Lack of adequate healthcare means the maternal mortality rate is among the highest in the world
  • 38% of rural children don’t have a birth certificate, leaving them without protection from abuse or exploitation.

How your support is helping Cameroon:

  • Promoting an inclusive, safe, healthy and child-friendly learning environment to achieve quality education.
  • Supporting a range of projects that help reduce child and maternal mortality and increase child survival, with particular emphasis on preventing the 5 main causes of death for children under the age of 5: malaria, diarrhoea, acute respiratory diseases, measles and malnutrition.
  • Protecting children from violence and developing strategies that allow children to tackle violence in their community.
  • Helping improve families’ capacity to meet children’s basic needs by facilitating access to sustainable financial services, especially for women and other primary care givers.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 40% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 95 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 59 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

Common phrases in French

Hello Bonjour
How are you? Comment ça va?
Thank you Merci
Goodbye Au revoir
Happy Birthday Bon anniversaire

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