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.
In rural, vulnerable, and conflict-affected areas, health facilities are either damaged, deteriorated, understaffed, or lack essential equipment. As a result, communities are denied their access to basic medical treatment. By bridging the gap and assisting with on-site consultations, our community outreach efforts help lower death rates. Consultations, lab testing, drug dispensing, counseling, and referrals are all included in health outreach.
Contagious diseases are caused by tainted water, bad hygiene, and neglect of sanitation procedures. We owe it to our communities to provide guidance on proper sanitation and hygiene procedures. By building portable water systems, maintaining water sources, providing water catchment, and donating water purification pills, plastic containers, detergents, and pales, we contribute. creation of posters about proper hygiene.
Seeing healthy mothers and healthy infants is our first priority. The majority of children’s and maternal deaths are caused by avoidable factors. H4BF supports infant health in this way by promoting exclusive breastfeeding, providing prenatal and postnatal care, immunizing kids, diagnosing and treating severe acute malnutrition, and providing free malaria treatment for kids. Mama kit donations, midwifery services, health vouchers, and assistance during labor are all used to promote maternal health.
These are a few of the deadly ailments that exist in Cameroon and Africa. Through education and outreach, the distribution of treated mosquito nets, free medical care, the administration of anti-retrovirals, the monitoring of people living with HIV/AIDS, and community involvement in disease prevention, we work to reduce the prevalence of diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS.
To lower the prevalence and infection risk during outbreaks, we take emergency action. This is accomplished through providing first aid, donating personal protective equipment (PPE), and building capacity for preventive, immunization, and sanitation.
Community education on the different types, uses, and significance of contraceptives, peer education on STIs and STDs, condom usage demonstrations, an explanation of the anatomy of men and women, condom donations, and dignity kits. delivering pertinent information on various family planning strategies.
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.