More than a year since the creation of the Cameroon NCD Alliance and, after implementing some activities, it was incumbent for the alliance to bring together its active members to evaluate its framework and action plans. This was therefore the focus of a one day strategic/action planning meeting that held at the Biotechnology Unit, Nkolbisson-Yaounde on the 24th of January 2020 under the distinguished leadership of its Chair, Prof. Jean Claude Mbanya.
The Alliance which was initially created with 11 members had 7 organizations represented. In other to revamp the alliance, 7 active organisations were selected to participate in the strategic planning activity based on their high level of engagement in the process of establishing the Alliance.
Facilitating the training with the bulk of knowledge acquired during the prestigious Community Solutions Program in the USA, Mr. Ferdinant Mbiydzenyuy; the Secretary General of the Alliance, in a 10-hour brainstorming session supported the team through the vision and planning exercises which enabled the members to bring out a vision, mission and values of the alliance. They were able to review and revise the charter, code of conduct and registration forms of the alliance successfully.
Some of the other significant outcomes included introduction of the role of Assistant Secretary General, and the assignment of facilitative roles to divulge action in the days ahead for the NCD Voice in Cameroon. An action plan for 2020 was completed and the goals were set right up to 2023 including the plans to prepare an annual Civil Society NCD status report for Cameroon. Another major objective agreed on this meeting being that by 2023, the presence of alliance should be felt in Cameroon through its activities to promote NCDs as a key priority for the development agenda in Cameroon.
The meeting was chaired by Prof. Jean Claude Mbanya, who called on members to note that, we need to bring in other members of the NCD domains and risk factors so as to amplify the voice and achieve more for all NCDs and their risk factors.
This meeting was made possible thanks to the Fuel Award from the NCD Alliance after the CACSNA’s active participation in the September 2019 #enoughNCD campaign. The Award was made to 10 NCD Alliances in the world including the Cameroon NCD Alliance after going through criteria of selection based on levels of participation in mobilizing country efforts towards NCDs during the Global Week of Action for NCDs.