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Health

As actors in Environmental education, Global-minder Cameroon realized that most of the tropical diseases affecting our communities today are environment- related. For this reason, Global-minder Cameroon decided to engage fully her Health Department, so that we can talk environment together with health. In 2009, we started with HIV/AIDS as the first project, sensitizing local communities on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other STDs. As a result of our works in that domain, FOECONS and the Ministry of Public Health Cameroon signed a Collaboration Agreement No: D301390/L/MINSANTE/SG/DCOOP/CPNAT in December 2011 which acknowledged and endorsed our activities. From thence we have envisaged and realized many health-related projects for our communities such as:

1. Universal Access To Female Condom (Ongoing Project)

This project is makes available and accessible provision of female condoms in every community Cameroon. The goal is the long term mobilization among the population to: 
a) Reduce the number of new HIV infections.
b) Reduced the percentage of men and women of high risk intercourse from 40 – 50% to less than 30%

Specific Objectives:

a) 1.400.000 female condoms to be distributed
b) Improve the knowledge, the attitude and the practice in the use of the female condom
c) Sensitization of 180.000 persons for group talk and 83.800 persons for individual talk.
At the moment, we have reached out to 23,525 persons with HIV awareness campaigns through the Universal Access to Female Condom project. About 80.000 Female Condoms have been distributed through this project.
 FOECONS has trained Peer Educators from some selected Hair dressing Saloons and Community Base Organization (CBOs), alongside Health personnel selected from some 14 Health units within Meme and Fako Divisions of the South West region of Cameroon. Peer educators had lessons on HIV Preventive measures and the integration of the female condom in their Family Planning units of their health centers and hospitals.

1. Universal Access To Female Condom( Ongoing Project)
1. Universal Access To Female Condom( Ongoing Project)

2. Talking HIV & AIDS to Youths of Lebialem communities! (past project)

Goal:

To combat STD/HIV/AIDS in the Lebialem communities.

Project objectives:

a) To reduce HIV prevalence among Youths in the secondary schools and rural area to about 30% within two years in Lebialem communities
b) To provide education and awareness among men, women, and youths about practices adopted “on-the-ground” which can enable them to prevent  and to augment their resilience to STD/HIV/AIDS sustainability.

3. Sustainable Efficient Village Natural Pharmacy (SEVNP) Future project

Goal:

To reduce the prevalence of malaria and other parasites in Lebialem and FongoTongo communities with the focus on the sustainable use of Artemisia annua, Neem (Azadirachtaindica A. Juss) and Moringa (Moringaoleifera).

Specific Objectives:

a) To provide within two years, 50 communities with 50 pilot farms of Artemisia annua, Neem and Moringa with the aim to help them to be less dependent on modern medicines and to become more self-reliant in preventing and treating the most common disease (malaria) and health complaints in their community.
b) To provide within two years 50 communities with practical and specific technical skills on the cultivation, collection, processing (local) and use of Artemisia annua, Neem and Moringa with focus to reduce the rate of morbidity and mortality in children and adults, due to malaria and other parasites in the local communities.
c) To increase the access of the rural based communities to natural anti-malaria, anti-fever and other anti-parasites medicinal plants.
d) To Increase the resilience of the local communities to malaria, fever and other parasites with their natural resources.

HIV/AIDS Project

We are currently working on a project titled “Scaling up HIV prevention to help reduce HIV related mortality and morbidity by 2020”. II- DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPONENT OF HIV SUBSIDY RELATED TO PPER
2.1. Purpose of the program for the population exposed to HIV risk
Reducing new HIV infections among professional sex workers and their customers, men having sex with men and their partners, as well as adolescents and young people (school children, out-of-school girls and motorcyclists)
2.2. population exposed to HIV risk program strategy
 
Ensuring access to HIV prevention services and discrimination reduction at ;
Men having sex with men (10 21 1), professional sex workers (40,209) and Customers of professional sex workers (35,906), young girls out of school (320,646), motor bike riders (91,567) and youth school attendance (1,344,000)
 
2.3. Main interventions for population exposed to HIV risk (Men having sex with men, professional sex workers and Customers of professional sex workers, and Adolescents / Youth)
• Communication for behavior change;
• Promotion and distribution of condoms and lubricant gels;
• Mobilization of the community for early diagnosis and syndromic management of STIs;
• Promotion and provision of HIV counseling and voluntary testing services;
• Combating stigma and discrimination.

Birthing Kit Project

What if you arrived at a hospital to give birth, only to be sent home because you didn’t bring your own delivery room supplies?
 
In some parts of the world that happens on a regular basis, sometimes with fatal results. Some 800 women die daily from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, complications that often could be easily prevented with access to proper care and the most basic of supplies, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
 
Ninety-nine percent of these maternal deaths occur in the developing world, where many women still give birth at home in a less-than-sterile environment or can be turned away from under-equipped hospitals and clinics if they don’t bring their own supplies with them.

birthing kits by globalminder cameroon
birthing kits by globalminder cameroon

Summary:

Globalminder Cameroon Safe Birthing Program’s main objective is to reduce maternal mortality in the North West and South west regions of Cameroon, through providing women with their fundamental right to reproductive health care. Globalminder Cameroon is providing birthing kits to health facilities that are struggling to meet the demand of the population. Globalminder Cameroon want to provide each of the health centers with up to 50 kits a month to make up for supply 

Challenge:

As many as 17 women die due to labor complications in Uganda daily due to the lack of adequate reproductive healthcare. In the North West and south west region, rising fertility rates, and a higher than average maternal mortality ratio of 40 deaths per 100,000 births, compounds their health burden. With the return of internal displaced persons from Anglophone war with the Cameroon government conflict, the health system in the two Anglophone regions has become overburdened and reproductive health services have suffered.

Solution:

While birthing kits are provided by the Cameroon government, health centers are not always provided with enough kits to meet the demands of their patients. This means that not every woman is provided with a kit upon entering the health center for delivery causing some women to have to pay for supplies or give birth in unsanitary conditions. Globalminder Cameroon seeks to alleviate this by providing birthing kits to each center to create a “buffer” to ensure all women have access to sanitary birthing conditions.

Long-Term Impact:

Globalminder Cameroon is confident that the success of our program will elicit a systemic change to women’s access to healthcare in Anglophone Regions in Cameroon. We can build robust constituencies for social change, mobilizing and support for maternal healthcare to other areas in Cameroon, and to expand our efforts to help bring about lasting change to the regions