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ENHANCING HEALTH

Why It Matters

Over the previous 12 years, significant progress has been made toward improving health and saving the lives of millions of people around the world. Life expectancy has risen, maternity and child mortality rates have fallen, and we have successfully combated a number of life-threatening infectious diseases.

The number of children dying before reaching the age of five has reduced by 58 percent, from 12.6 million in 1990 to 5.4 million in 2017. In just ten years, the number of women dying from childbirth and pregnancy problems has decreased by 35%. The number of adults and children dying from HIV-related diseases was expected to be 770,000 in 2018, down 45 percent from the disease’s peak in 2004.

Cameroon’s child mortality rate was 74.8 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2019. Cameroon’s child mortality rate dropped from 210.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1970 to 74.8 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2019.

While this development is impressive, millions of people still die needlessly each year from preventable but life-threatening diseases such as malaria and water-borne ailments. In many parts of Cameroon, neglected tropical illnesses are still a big danger, while new global health challenges such global pandemics, urbanization, noncommunicable diseases, and mental illness are putting increasing burden on communities and health systems.

Malnutrition, inadequate access to clean water and sanitation, limited access to education and health services, and gender-based violence all contribute to persisting disparities in health outcomes. This is why H4BF is dedicated to improving health by preventing preventable maternal, neonatal, and child deaths, combating life-threatening diseases, and guaranteeing access to safe drinking water and sanitation, particularly in low-income communities.

Basic Health Care

H4BF is dedicated to enhancing the health of individuals, households, and communities by helping them thrive through sustained physical, mental, and social well-being.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Providing equitable access to safe water and sufficient quantity for drinking and domestic purposes and safe sanitation.

Health Strategy

H4BF’s health-improvement strategy is based on decades of comprehensive programming that not only targets today’s important health issues, but also their root causes.
H4BF’s projects support strong and resilient communities by enhancing community health systems, fostering social and behavioral change, and building local capacity.

Being evidence-based, community-driven, and systems-focused. To promote sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, maternity, newborn, and child health and nutrition, we strengthen health systems, service delivery methods, and linkages within and between communities and health institutions.

  • Changing the normative environment and encouraging individuals, families, and communities to follow healthy habits at home.
  • Individuals, families, and communities are empowered to actively seek out high-quality health services.
  • Improving the health of urban communities and neighborhoods.
  • Contributing to global thought leadership and creative, evidence-based health and nutrition solutions.