Cameroon

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

People Helped in 2020: 627,876

573,414
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
51,850
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
2,612
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Cameroon is currently facing an unprecedented triple humanitarian crisis: attacks from armed groups, escalation of independence- and separatist-related violence, and the Central African refugee crisis. In 2020, 1.4 million people were severely food insecure, with an average chronic malnutrition rate of 32.4% in the Adamawa, East, North and Far North regions. 

COVID-19 threatened national food security and affected agricultural production and local food supply chains. Despite the easing of government restrictions, a full economic recovery has yet to be seen, as opportunities for informal employment and daily income remain compromised.

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In 2020, Action Against Hunger in Cameroon continued to provide integrated nutrition, health, and mental health interventions to support and strengthen local health systems in order to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people, who lack access to health facilities. Through this support, along with our mobile clinics, we treated 60,575 children and 28,637 pregnant and breastfeeding women, who were also supported by psychosocial care. 

Additionally, our team provided food security and emergency support to prevent hunger and build resilience among both displaced people and host communities. These programs strengthened livelihoods through practical agricultural schools, village savings and loan associations, and income-generating activities.

In March 2020, Action Against Hunger supported the Ministry of Public Health in the development of national guidelines for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic and supported several health districts with contract tracing, an early warning system, screenings, and referrals.

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