The United States is committed to supporting Cameroon in strengthening …..

The United States is committed to supporting Cameroon in strengthening …..

N Melo
by N Melo
April 13, 2022 0

The United States is committed to supporting Cameroon in strengthening …..

On April 12, 2022, Ambassador Christopher J. Lamora visited Laquintinie Hospital in Douala, accompanied by the Country Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Emily Kainne Dokubo.

In partnership with Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Health, CDC provides care and support services through implementing partners in 308 health facilities across the country’s 10 regions. Through funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the CDC has supported clinical and laboratory services at Laquintinie Hospital since 2009.

Over the past three years, the CDC has invested more than $975,000 (588 million FCFA) to strengthen prevention, care and treatment services for all people living with HIV, including children, adolescents, adults and key and vulnerable populations in the hospital.

Laquintinie Hospital recently celebrated its 90th anniversary and now serves as a reference hospital in the Littoral region. Under the direction of Professor Noel Essomba, the hospital has approximately 910 beds managed by more than 1,300 employees, including 46 general practitioners and 113 specialists, and receives more than 80,000 patients for consultations each year.

Created in 1988, the Approved Treatment Center serves as a model for the decentralization of antiretroviral treatment in Cameroon. Approximately 5,400 people living with HIV are receiving treatment with CDC/PEPFAR support. Through PEPFAR, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also supports a continuum of care for key and priority populations, orphans, and vulnerable children.

It also finances the purchase and delivery of antiretroviral drugs, reagents and laboratory supplies for HIV. In addition, USAID supports community-led monitoring to ensure hospital compliance with government policy to eliminate HIV-related fees at service delivery points.

Renovated with US government support, the Laquintinie Hospital laboratory serves as a reference laboratory for cholera, early diagnosis of HIV in children born to HIV-positive mothers, HIV viral load, and COVID-19 screening. 19. CDC also provides technical and financial assistance to the Ministry of Public Health to build capacity for cholera case management, cholera response and surveillance, including the prevention and control of any other infections.

USAID is supporting training in infection prevention and control, revitalizing therapeutic drug committees, and ensuring the supply of laboratory equipment and supplies.

The United States is committed to supporting Cameroon in strengthening its health systems and improving its health outcomes.

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