Cameroon Partnership in Development
“Serving the Under-served Rural Poor”
Cameroon Partnership in Development (CPID) is working to reducing the cycle of extreme poverty, relieving the suffering of mothers and their babies, children, women and families living in impoverished remote poor rural underserved villages.
Caring for the underserved rural poor is Cameroon Partnership in Development’s primary mission.
The mission of Cameroon Partnership in Development is :
To relieve the suffering of mothers and their babies, children, women and families living in impoverished remote poor rural underserved villages through access to healthcare services, medication, disease prevention education and community development programs. Cameroon Partnership in Development envisions empowering poor rural underserved villages to become self-sustaining.
To serve as a sustainable development bridge between remote poor rural underserved villages in need of health care services, education and community development programs and a unique international learning opportunity for the student volunteer teams from abroad that come to Cameroon to help underserved populations, while deepening their understanding of global health and development issues affecting the underserved populations in Cameroon, combined with the experience of a cultural immersion .
Our rural villages will thrive in part because Cameroon Partnership in Development crafts engagement, and collaborative projects that build self-sufficiency in poor rural underserved villages. Cameroon Partnership in Development will be known as an innovative leader in engaged underserved populations international learning , offering students an opportunity to apply their academic work and faculty members an opportunity to apply their teaching, international development service learning, and research for the benefit of poor rural underserved villages.
Cameroon Partnership in Development sustainable development model is helping one village at a time. Instead of short-term projects in many different villages, Cameroon Partnership in Development disseminates scalable sustainable rural village development model.
The Cameroon Partnership in Development model creates an interdisciplinary volunteering environment, allows service learning and internship opportunities , to help develop and implement collaborative projects in partnership with poor rural villages in health, education and community development .
We believe good health is a basic human right, especially among poor people afflicted with disease who
are isolated, forgotten, ignored, and often without hope.”
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
Impoverished people living in remote poor rural underserved villages in Cameroon lack access to basic health care , medication and public health disease prevention education, and consequently suffer disproportionately from chronic health conditions, infectious diseases and maternal and new born mortality.
In 2012 CPID saw an opportunity to improve the health care and mortality rates of rural families, individuals, mothers and children in Baligham, a remote poor underserved village in Cameroon. The outcome is the current established Baligham Village Access to Health Care program. Using a mobile health fair model, and a team of multidisciplinary student volunteers from various countries abroad, local and international medical professionals plan and execute the annual Baligham village health fair.
Annual Baligham Village Mobile Health Fair
Each year the Annual Baligham Village Mobile Health Fair brings life-saving preventative screenings , medication and disease prevention education to Baligham. For many, this is the only opportunity to see a medical professional or conduct a preventative screening or test. On top of poverty, poor road conditions and scarce transportation options make it difficult for villagers to seek medical care and treatment. This is especially a trial for pregnant women and lactating mothers and their babies to access health care 25 miles away within the Holy Family Hospital
Currently in Baligham Village, people are forced to walk or ride motor bikes for nearly 10 miles, mostly on very rough and bumpy roads, before they can reach a taxi to assist them in travelling another 15 miles to seek healthcare within the Holy Family Medical Centre in Akum, or go to the town of Bamenda for care. This is especially a trial for pregnant women. Those with complicated deliveries may not make it to the Holy Family Centre in Akum in adequate time for safe delivery of their babies and adequate antenatal care. As is to be expected, the arduous task of travelling to reach medical care is prohibitive. Many villagers instead delay seeking medical care for as long as they can and, as a result, conditions can be quite acute and advanced before a health care professional has opportunity to begin care. And for many, avoiding healthcare altogether, including preventative care, is the only reasonable option due to lack of money.
Our collaborative efforts have helped raise the level of awareness about health and heightened our patients’ understanding of their individual health statuses. Drugs are available to those who needed them and care coordination and referrals of patients needing advanced care to Holy Family Hospital in Akum and government hospital in Bamenda town based on Doctor’s recommendation.
Our success would not be possible without the support of our volunteers who represent the finest in their passion for serving th underserved rural poor.
Volunteers have the opportunity to work closely with and learn from local and international medical professionals.