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A lifeline for refugees

Female refugees with their babies.

Women and their families take refuge in Cameroon and gather at a temporary centre to receive support services.

There are few populations as vulnerable as refugees who have fled their homes to find shelter and safety in a country not their own, and where access to health care, though desperately needed, is rarely available.

Thanks to you, we’re assisting some of the estimated 200,000 people – overwhelmingly children and women – who have escaped violent upheaval in the Central African Republic and made their way to Cameroon.

The need here is great, and with your help, we’re supporting the humanitarian response with critical health care services.

Emergency care and nutritional recovery

After walking great distances and spending weeks living in the bush without access to sufficient water or food, children who arrive in Cameroon are exhausted, malnourished and sick.

“Since the start of the conflict we have seen countless people, including lots of children, arriving here in very poor health, carrying nothing but a few items that they could salvage from the war,” says Juliette, one of the community health workers on the ground who we’ve helped train.

This project is helping those children regain their strength and get access to life-saving treatments for illnesses like malaria and tuberculosis, which become widespread and highly lethal in these conditions.

So far, this project has benefitted over 53,000 people by:

  • Training and equipping 200 community health workers
  • Screening and treating children and pregnant and nursing mothers for malnutrition
  • Providing nutritional counselling sessions
  • Ensuring that medical equipment and materials, like blood transfusion kits, are available to health centres so they can address further health complications caused by malnourishment.

Reproductive health care

The maternal mortality rate is extremely high among women who get pregnant and give birth in these conditions, due to the generally poor quality of care available, a lack of emergency obstetric skills and limited access to proper health centres.

With your support, this project is helping to address these challenges by making counselling and contraceptives available to protect young women from pregnancy. It is also training and equipping 500 community health workers and funding mobile clinics so that pregnant girls and women can get decent care where they are.

“I have just been trained as a community health worker,” says Passy. “I feel great joy because of the knowledge that I received and the help I can now give to the women. I am also very happy with the equipment we have received, especially the bikes, which allow us to reach more people more easily.”

As always, none of this work would be possible without the generous support of sponsors like you. Thank you for your partnership.

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