Cameroon

Cameroon

Since 2012, we have partnered with Cameroon’s Ministry of Health and local leaders to strengthen the pharmaceutical supply chain system, support a policy framework, and build human resource capacity to improve the availability of quality medicines.

Prioritizing Patient Safety to Build Resilient Health Systems in Cameroon

Improving sanitation and hygiene practices within health care facilities helps prevent the spread of disease and serves as an important strategy in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Through the USAID Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program, MSH is educating facilities across Cameroon about infection prevention and control (IPC) while empowering health care staff to set up IPC committees to monitor progress. These locally led committees have helped facilities improve cleanliness and mitigate infection transmission, giving patients a renewed sense of trust in the country’s health care system. Watch the video.

Overview

For years, Cameroon has experienced systemic weaknesses within the health system, including a lack of coordination among institutions, budget unpredictability, inefficiencies in storage and distribution systems, and a lack of qualified staff. We have worked to support health system performance in Cameroon with a focus on effective prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS, TB, and malaria, as well as increasing demand for and supporting the scale-up of evidence-based family planning and reproductive health services.

In support of Cameroon’s National Health Strategy, we are building the capacity of local stakeholders to prevent and control communicable diseases, promote antimicrobial stewardship in both the human and animal health sectors, and advance multisectoral coordination to combat antimicrobial resistance. Our programs have spearheaded efforts to enhance infection prevention and control practices, promote robust pharmacovigilance systems, and help the country achieve key milestones in its journey toward universal health coverage.

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The Journey towards Universal Health Coverage in Cameroon: Forging a Path to Equitable Health Care Access for All

In April 2023, Cameroon launched its Universal Health Coverage (UHC) program to extend healthcare accessibility and reduce out-of-pocket expenses. The initiative, supported by MSH through the USAID RISE project, focuses on providing free, quality health services to vulnerable populations, including those with HIV. This technical brief is available in English and French.

Universal Health Coverage to Revolutionize HIV Care in Cameroon with the U.S. Government’s Contribution

In Cameroon, individuals living with HIV face financial struggles and limited access to equitable health services. Affording viral load tests and treatment for other diseases is challenging, posing potential health risks and financial burdens. However, hope is on the horizon with the recent launch of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Cameroon, promising improved healthcare access for thousands of people living with HIV (PLHIV).