Cameroon Task Force
With a severe shortage of medical professionals – there are fewer than two doctors for every 10,000 people – the Cameroonian health system struggles to offer a high level of care.
Two wells were constructed, providing safe drinking water to hundreds of people in two remote villages.
Using funds raised through SJUMC’s 2016 PFD Challenge, two wells were constructed in the villages of Akonolinga and Mongue. These communities previously had no access to clean water.
The wells were built by local engineers and laborers employed by the project ahead of the team’s visit. Mission team member Jay Hermanson made the 8 hour trip to Mongue, deep in the tropical rainforest, to help celebrate the well’s construction. A total of five wells in Cameroon have now been sponsored by SJUMC and continue to successfully operate, maintained by local resources.
50 mosquito nets were distributed.
To fight against the high rate of malaria deaths experienced by this part of Cameroon, 50 mosquito nets were provided to families in the village of Mongue.
Mission team members have become pros at putting up mosquito nets. Each member sleeps under a net every night. The nets are donated to local families after we leave.
250 pounds of medical supplies were donated
Alaska Medical Missions donated 250 pounds of medical supplies to the Cameroon mission. Mission travelers transported these supplies in their luggage for distribution to local hospitals and clinics that experience large shortages of essential supplies.
Kribi, Cameroon (Africa)
Cameroon is a developing country located in Central Africa. The beautiful, hard-working and proud people of Cameroon are committed to working toward the economic stability of their own communities instead of relying solely on the government or others for their survival.
Kribi is a beach resort and sea port in Cameroon.
Travel & Safety
Requirements for traveling to Cameroon
Yellow fever is a risk in Cameroon. The government of Cameroon requires proof of yellow fever vaccination for all travelers (entering Cameroon), except infants under 9 months.
You will need to go to a doctor/nurse who is a registered Yellow Fever provider.
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria.
Anti-malarial drugs: 3 common drugs available – discuss with your provider which is best for you.
- Mefloquine is VERY expensive!
- Chloroquine is NOT effective in Cameroon.
- Halofantrine is NOT recommended.
You may need a polio vaccine before your trip to Cameroon. If you were vaccinated against polio as a child but have never had a polio booster dose as an adult, you should get this booster dose. Adults need only one polio booster in their lives (unless you are fulfilling the country requirement listed below). If you were not completely vaccinated as a child or do not know your vaccination status, talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated.
The CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Cameroon, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Cameroon. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.