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CBM in Cameroon

CBM has been working in Cameroon since 1981

About Cameroon

Cameroon is a central African state exhibiting all the major climates and vegetation of the continent. In 2010, Cameroon population was estimated at 19,406,100 people with 52.1 % in urban areas against 47.9 % in rural zones .
Concerning education profile, more than 7 persons out of 10 of 15 years or more (71.2%) are literate, significantly higher among men (78.2%) than among women (64.7%). The employment rate is estimated at 66.4 %, higher in rural area (74.6 %) than in urban (54.7 %). Active occupied persons comprise 52.2% men and 47.8% women. Poverty remains a significant phenomenon in Cameroon since 40 % of the estimated population are living in this condition.

The disabilities prevalence rate of the Cameroon’s population may vary according to the information source. The Demographic and Health Survey realized in 2011 (EDS IV), values the prevalence rate of disabilities at 5.4 % of the whole population. From this estimation, PwD represent 1,116,051 people with a male population of 49.4 % against 50.6 % of female. The distribution by type of disability shows that visually impaired represents 37.1 %, physical 28.2 %, hearing 18.8 %, speaking 8.0 % and mental 8.0 %. Those different types of impairment are found in each region.

Cameroon is classified by the World Bank Lower Middle Income country, with a Gross National Income per capita of $ 1,350  and according to the UNDP Human Development Report (2015), Cameroon is ranked position 153 globally.

Where we work

8 programs/projects are being executed in the country, covering 7 of the 10 regions.
  • The Socio-Economic Empowerment of People with Disabilities (SEEPD) program has been implemented in the Northwest Region of Cameroon since 2009;
  • The Presbyterian Community Rehabilitation Services (PCRS) is a structure of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon established in Kumba and intervening in the South- West region with some beneficiaries coming from the Littoral region;
  • Another PCC project in partnership with CBM is “Improving the care and management of penetrating eye injuries in children in the West region in Cameroon” with Bafoussam and Douala as intervention zone. Presbyterian Health Services Eye Clinic based in Bafoussam is implementing this project, with five satellite clinics in Bamenda, Limbe, Douala, Yaoundé and Acha-Tugi;
  • In the northern part of the country, CBM partners with the catholic church through Archdiocese of Garoua to implement “Programme intégré pour l’amélioration de la qualité de vie des personnes vivant avec un handicap au Cameroun“. The program involves the three northern regions : Adamawa, Far-North and North;
  • PROMHANDICAM in Yaoundé is a multidisciplinary centre with an inclusive school, vocational training activities, community based rehabilitation project and functional rehabilitation centre comprising physiotherapy services and orthopaedic services;
  • The Central Cameroon Cluster program is being implemented in the Centre Region of Cameroon. The cluster brings together partners of CBM within the central region : PROMHANDICAM, ESEDA (Ecole Spécialisée pour les Enfants Déficients Auditifs), a school for visually impaired children (CJARC); the National Programme for Blindness Prevention and Associations of persons with disabilities;
  • The Cameroon Clubfoot Care (CCC) Project which seeks to eliminate clubfoot as a lifelong disabling condition is implemented in North West and South West regions, and is being extended in the East, Center and North regions of Cameroon;
  • The most recent CBM partner in the country, Magrabi - ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) based at the Yaounde Periphery envisions to improve eye health in the whole country and neighboring countries in Central Africa;

Our country priority thematic areas

  1. Health : improved access to health and rehabilitation services to prevent and treat conditions leading to disability;
  2. Livelihood: accessing livelihood openings, ensure PwD earn a living, advocacy for formal employment, vocational training activities and micro credit schemes;
  3. Empowerment of PwD: empower people with disabilities and enabling their participation in inclusive environments. Training and technical support to service providers to mainstream disability in their work; capacity development and leading in influencing change in community perceptions about disability;
  4. Education: PWD increasingly getting enrolled in education, strengthening of special schools;
  5. CBR: emphasize inclusion in development actions through policies and practices; let PwD be part of the cultural and social activities of their communities;
  6. Child protection, gender and capacity building also constitute key areas of intervention in the country.

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