District Dialogue Structures commit to Strengthen Community Involvement in the Prevention and Control of NCDs in 10 districts in Cameroon
This comes as a result of a one day advocacy meeting organized by the NCD Prevention and Control program of the CBC Health Services in Yaounde on the 13th of March 2019 with some ten health districts in Cameroon.Present were the medical officers, the presidents of district health committees, chiefs of bureau health and focal points for
communication for each district. The purpose of this meeting was to strengthen community action on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in these ten districts: Banyo, Tiko, Kumba, Miffi Bafousam, New-Bell, Kumbo, Fundong, Bamenda, Biyem-Massi and Ndu Health Districts. This meeting has helped prepare a platform to work more with these districts within the next two years to expand the depth of NCD prevention and control efforts and collaboration in their districts.
Field activity results so far were presented by Dr. Epie Njume, the Associate Clinical Adviser of the program. Where he indicated that 25000+ persons have been assessed for NCD risk through the Know Your Numbers (KYN) strategy and also showed the activity trends especially given the crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon and how it affected outcomes. This led to deliberations and discussions which started with the sharing of experiences of working with the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) by all the Districts. The experiences shared exposed gaps on what has been done so far, revealed opportunities and avenues for future collaboration to improve community action for NCD prevention.
This meeting was very successful as the Chairpersons of the Dialogue structures complemented the work of the DMOs. The DMOs welcomed the NCD activities into their health districts and pledged their services in support of CBCHS program for the community as their own program.