The miracle of Dzawandai, Cameroon
DZAWANDAI, Cameroon, 25 August 2016 – When asked about his age, Francois Sakotai smiles. “I don’t know, he said, maybe 70, 80? The only thing I can say, is that I am old. I am old and I was lonely, until Elisabeth, Delphine and Waibai came to my home.”
In Cameroon, far from home, but nurtured by a family
MINAWAO, Cameroon, 28 September 2015 – A Nigerian girl separated from her family when she fled an attack on her village finds safety and support in a refugee camp in Cameroon, and holds on to the hope of finding her brothers and sisters.
In Cameroon, struggling to address a polio outbreak
KETTE, Cameroon, 11 September 2014 – Since violence erupted in the Central African Republic in December 2013, more than 125,000 refugees have fled to neighbouring Cameroon. One of them is 38-year-old Awoua. Her husband was killed in the Central African Republic, and now she must support her six children on her own – including her 18-month-old son, Amadou, who was recently diagnosed with polio.
UNICEF is raising funds to provide life-saving assistance to over 1 million at-risk children in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 2 April 2012 – As the hunger season begins in the Sahel region of Africa, UNICEF is launching a massive fund-raising campaign to help the more than 1 million children in danger of dying from severe acute malnutrition.
UNICEF races to prevent a major food crisis in the Sahel
NEW YORK, 24 February 2012 – UNICEF is racing to prevent a second major food crisis in Africa in less than a year.
Threat of malnutrition dire in Africa's Sahel region due to increasing food shortages
DAKAR, Senegal, 12 December 2011 – It’s not a tsunami or an earthquake – it is a predictable emergency. UNICEF estimates more than a million children under five will need to be treated in feeding centres for severe malnutrition in the Sahel region of Africa. It is a staggeringly high number, and there is little time to prepare.
Emergency aid and long-term solutions meet cholera outbreak in northern Cameroon
MOKOLO, Cameroon, 27 October 2010 – At the temporary cholera treatment centre in Mokolo village, northern Cameroon – a series of specially built tents accommodating cholera patients – Aminatou, 14, lies listlessly on a bed, weak from days of severe diarrhea. An intravenous drip is in her arm to stave off extreme dehydration.
Immunization campaign in Cameroon fights deadly neo-natal tetanus
BAFUT DISTRICT, Cameroon, 22 October 2010 – In the forests of northwest Cameroon, steep rutted dirt roads cling precariously to mountainsides, occasionally slipping into the ravines below. Distance here can’t be measured in mere kilometres, but in the effort it takes to get from one place to the next.
In the face of worst outbreak in decades, children in Cameroon learn to fight cholera
MAROUA, Cameroon, 18 October 2010 – In the packed playground of Harde Primary School in Cameroon’s Extreme North province, six teams of local school children sit at desks in a semi-circle.
UNICEF and partners fight deadly, but preventable, cholera outbreak in Cameroon
NEW YORK, USA, 8 September 2010 – Cameroon is currently experiencing one of its most severe outbreaks of cholera in decades. The epidemic began in May 2010, following the country’s rainy season, and is most prevalent in the country’s Extreme North province. To date, there are some 5,560 reported cases of cholera and 385 deaths, according to the Government of Cameroon.
Chad and five other Central African countries pledge to end use of children in armed conflict
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 11 June 2010 – At a regional conference here this week, Chad and five other Central African nations signed a declaration on ending the use of child soldiers. In a recorded video address to the participants, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake offered fervent support for the move.
Simple techniques help ensure safe water for families in eastern Cameroon
BERTOUA, Cameroon, 25 March 2010 – Mbelé Jeannette, 38, a mother of nine children – including a three-month-old – has recently learned a simple technique to provide safe water for her family at home in Mbidja village, eastern Cameroon. And she has noticed a big difference in their health.
Income generation grant gives mother living with HIV a new lease on life
NORTHERN CAMEROON, 1 December 2009 - Adele’s daughter lays buried in a grave in Adele’s garden in northern Cameroon. She was the second member of the family that Adele lost to HIV/AIDS related illness. The first was her husband, who died seven years ago and left her struggling to support her 10 children with the income she earned planting cassava.
Mothers’ campaign promotes girls’ right to schooling in northern Cameroon
PERMA VILLAGE, Cameroon, 17 November 2009 – Hawa Mahmadou, 12, was devastated when she was forced to drop out of school two years ago because her parents couldn’t afford the fees. She spent her days doing household chores.
Community volunteers fight undernutrition in northern Cameroon
TCHONTCHI, Cameroon, 13 November 2009 – Almost 5 kilos underweight and too undernourished to walk, two-year-old twins Massing Esther and Tito Anna have to be carried everywhere they go in their home village of Tchontchi, in northern Cameroon.
Promoting handwashing in schools to prevent disease in Cameroon
DOUALA, Cameroon, 15 October 2009 – The Ministry of Basic Education and soap producer Complexe Chimique Camerounais (CCC) have partnered with UNICEF to provide hygiene supplies to 300 schools across the country.
Cameroon trains teachers on HIV education in primary schools
NEW YORK, USA, 5 October 2009 – According to UNAIDS, some 500,000 people in Cameroon are living with HIV. To help prevent and combat the further spread of infection, the government has begun integrating HIV/AIDS education into the country’s formal primary school curriculum, making it mandatory for children from 6 to 12 years of age.
Mia Farrow highlights child malnutrition in Cameroon
BAZZAMA, Cameroon, 17 September 2009 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has been witnessing a silent emergency in Cameroon during a weeklong trip here.
Influx of refugees creates silent emergency in eastern Cameroon
DHAHONG, Cameroon, 6 July 2009 – On the surface, the refugee situation in eastern Cameroon looks like a success, but it is also one of immense chaos. Since 2002, over 60,000 refugees from the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) have been integrated into host communities here.
‘Roadmap for care’ aims to improve maternal and newborn survival in Cameroon
AKONOLINGA, Cameroon, 5 May 2009 – At Saint Luke Hospital in Mbalmayo, Nadege, 21, has gone into labour just 26 weeks into her pregnancy. Midwife Gisèle Abanda uses a simple stethoscope to listen for signs of life in utero, but finds none. A few hours later, Nadège delivers her fifth premature, stillborn baby.
A social network for women living with HIV in Cameroon
YAOUNDE, Cameroon, 15 January 2009 – Jacqueline sits on the tattered couch in her two-room home, where she struggles to raise two children alone. Now living with HIV, Jacqueline, 32, has already lost a daughter to the virus, and her five-year-old son Giaum is also living with HIV.
Project Hope rallies community support to help families cope with AIDS in Cameroon
NJINICOM, Cameroon, 1 July 2008 – Eric Nking and his wife Mary Mbeng are raising 10 children. Besides four of their own, they take care of the four children of Eric’s deceased sister and two other orphaned children who are unrelated to them.
Providing protection and emotional care for children living in camps in Cameroon
KOUSSERI, Cameroon, 20 May 2008 – The bridge connecting Kousseri, Cameroon to N’djamena, Chad takes about five minutes to walk across, but in the hot afternoon sun, it might feel like much longer – especially if the bridge is crowded, as it was in the first days of February when tens of thousands fled violence between the Chadian military and rebel forces.
Working to combat infant and child malnutrition in Cameroon
KOUSSERI, Cameroon, 15 May 2008 – The UNICEF warehouse in Ngaoundéré, Cameroon is filled with therapeutic milk and supplementary foods like 'Plumpy’nut' – all stocked in recent weeks to help battle malnutrition in several key provinces and in camps for families displaced by violence in neighbouring Chad.
UNICEF helps protect children and families at risk on the Cameroon-Chad border
KOUSSERI, Cameroon, 6 May 2008 – According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, about 8,000 people, including over 2,800 infants and children, are currently living in Maltam Camp, a refugee settlement in northern Cameroon. For these displaced families, all taking refuge from the violence in southern Chad, time seems to stand still.
UNICEF and Cameroon work to improve conditions for juvenile prisoners
DOUALA, Cameroon, 14 April 2008 – Pascal is just 14 years old, but he is already living behind bars, as one of 85 juvenile inmates doing time in Douala’s Newbell prison.
In Cameroon, changing attitudes and safe water mean more girls in school
MBANG, MBOUM, Cameroon, 13 June 2007 – In the village of Mbang-Mboum, traditional attitudes toward girls have long kept them out of school. Domestic chores fall to girls and women, and essential tasks like carrying water for the household take precedence over education.
With mothers’ help, more girls are going to school in Cameroon
GAYAK, Cameroon, 25 May 2007 – In a small village in the northern part of Cameroon, a group of women, both young and old recently gathered to sit under a mango tree. Gayak is in the poorest region of Cameroon where as many as 4 out of 10 people live below the poverty line.
In Cameroon, a family living with HIV faces difficult choices
NJINIKOM, Cameroon, 10 July 2006 – Virginia, 26 and John, 31, both of whom are living with HIV, are Cameroonian peasant farmers with two children, Mary and Francis (not their real names). Encountered at the youth friendly center at St. Martin de Porres’ Hospital here, they disclosed that the purpose of their visit was a medical check-up for Francis, who also has the AIDS virus.
Cameroon launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
YAOUNDE, Cameroon, 30 March 2006 – The MTN Foundation signed an agreement with UNICEF earlier this month to help fund HIV/AIDS efforts here, including the training of young peer educators, voluntary HIV testing and counseling, and care for people living with AIDS.
Cameroon: Peer educators help fight HIV/AIDS
DOUALA, Cameroon, 16 June 2005 - City streets and back alleys have become a battleground in the fight against AIDS in Cameroon. In a country where more than half the population is under the age of 25, young people are up against a deadly opponent. The HIV prevalence rate among people aged 15-49 years in Cameroon is 6.9 per cent, one of the highest in the region.
Cameroon: Integrated approach helps cut parent-to-child HIV transmission by half
YAOUNDE, Cameroon, 6 June 2005 – Every year, about 600,000 children around the world are infected by the HIV virus during the mother's pregnancy, during birth or through breastfeeding.