In Cameroon, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have suggested a community project baptized "Health for Peace.” According to the Ministry of Public Health (Minsanté), in the framework of that project, health interventions will be carried out and income-generating activities will be created for young people in unstable communities.
The project currently being finalized will cost about US$2.5 million (some XAF1.5 billion), initial estimates claim.
The pilot phase is expected to be launched this year, in six communities in the Far-North. It will run until 2023, we learn.
The project was discussed days ago when Minister of Public Health Malachie Manaouda granted an audience to Phanuel Habimana, WHO resident representative in Cameroon, and Rahmane Abdel Diop, IOM mission officer in Cameroon.
The two guests came to request Minsanté's collaboration for the successful implementation of “Health for Peace” in the Far North where community tensions made headlines in recent months.
During the audience, Minister Malachie Manaouda promised the Directorate of Health Care Organization and Technology that the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Territorial Administration would be ready to get involved in the operational phase.
“The project will help ease community tensions,” he commented.
Michel Ange Nga