Cameroon

Photo: Fabien Touzard for Action Against Hunger, Cameroon
Population
23.3 million
Human Development Index
153 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
192 employees
Program Start
2014

People Helped in 2019: 325,843

256,924
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
51,248
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
17,671
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Given its geographic location and economic stability, Cameroon represents a land of refuge for those displaced from neighboring countries. Political strife in the Central African Republic, as well as violence linked to the rise of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region, have both resulted in an influx of refugees and internally displaced persons.

The country hosts about 275,000 Central African refugees and about 102,000 Nigerian refugees. More than 240,000 people are internally displaced in the Far North Region, where attacks by armed groups have affected access to and provision of basic services. Violence in English-speaking areas has led to population displacement and significant humanitarian needs. 

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In the east, Action Against Hunger supports refugees and host communities with nutrition and food security and livelihood programs. In the Far North, our teams provide nutrition and health services, work to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene, and distribute crucial supplies to meet acute humanitarian needs in the area most affected by conflict. In the northwest and southwest regions, Action Against Hunger distributed emergency supplies to displaced people and started mobile clinics providing nutrition support and primary health care and nutrition in areas where health services are compromised or non-existent. In 2019, we launched a new food security monitoring and early warning project to better predict and respond to hunger crises.

Together with partners, we are strengthening the resilience and nutrition security of communities through programs focused on health and nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene; food security; advocacy, and supporting local governance.

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