Many countries including Cameroon receive funding from the Global fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria (GFATM). These three preventable diseases remain the main causes of morbidity and mortality within communities.
The low access to quality health services and poor health-seeking behavior of the population explain this situation. Reach Out (REO) working in the Muyuka Health District as Sub-sub-recipient executes the project ‘Achieve and Maintain universal coverage of interventions to fight Malaria, HIV, and TB for long-term impact’. REO provides training, coaching, and coordination to community health workers who carry out both preventive and curative activities to ease access to care and promote the adoption of essential family practices as well as the use of health services. These trained community health workers are to conduct community-based activities for the promotion of healthy behaviors and the prevention and integrated management of major scourages of their communities such as Malaria, respiratory infections, diarrhoea, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and vaccine-preventable diseases. They even play a role in promoting family planning and addressing violence in the family!
Our Community Health workers(CHW) in Muyuka Health District are mostly involved in the management of simple malaria within the community and referrals of pregnant women for antenatal care and Tuberculosis. In 2017, in the Muyuka health district, a total of 35,182 home visits and 918 educative talks were conducted by the community health workers. Three Thousand five hundred and seventy-two (3,572) people went through a rapid malaria diagnostic test conducted by community health workers. The number of confirmed malaria cases who were treated by CHW at home was 2,830, and 970 cases of severe malaria referred to the hospital for treatment. Two Hundred and seventy seven pregnant women who had not yet began antennal consultations were referred to the hospital and 24 TB suspected cases.
They are very committed to serving their communities. This August 2018, they also volunteered to help provide estimates on the number of displaced persons within Muyuka Sub-Divison, one of the zones most affected by the Anglophone conflict. While most of the Health System of the South-West Region is non-operational, they keep doing their job and risking their lives to help their communities.
We are proud to work with heroes like them.