Covid Response in Cameroon
North West Cameroon has for a number of years been dealing with violent socio-political conflict driven by a separatist movement. There is conflict between crop farmers and cattle herding communities over land and access to resources (e.g. water). The socio-political situation has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee violence in search of safety. Now, many of the people we work with are internally displaced in rural areas. They are generally hosted by friends and family and consequently are forced to live in large groups sharing scarce resources. Due to this the risk of Covid is high and prevention is key.
Village Aid is responding to the Covid crisis by funding hygiene promotion and kits. Over 250 internally displaced people affected by the civil war in the North West region of Cameroon, from both the Mbororo herding and Non-Mbororo farming community, have received Covid-19 kits comprising masks, hand sanitizers, soap, and some basic food items to help relieve pressure on household incomes. Hand washing basins were also distributed to be installed within communities.
Our partners, MBOSCUDA and NOWEFOR, recently took part in training on how to sensitise communities on Covid 19 prevention, which enabled them to empower displaced communities through talks on what the virus is, and preventative measures as prescribed by the World Health Organization and the Government of Cameroon. Communities were reminded about symptoms and what to do in case symptoms occur.