As of mid-April 2020, Cameroon has suffered from one of the highest number of COVID-19 cases in sub-Saharan Africa. There are almost 1000 cases as of April 19, 2020, with testing ongoing. While a nation-wide lockdown has not been implemented, the government recently instituted additional measures aimed to manage the situation, including the mandatory wearing of masks in public spaces (as of 13 April). Schools and universities have been shut-down, while mass gatherings have been suspended.
A fragile health care sector has compounded the Coronavirus threat. Hospitals are under-resourced. For example, there are only 10 ventilators in Douala, Cameroon’s most populated city, and only 3 ventilators in Bamenda, the fifth largest city.8
COVID-19 also compounds the effects of the conflict in the North West and South West regions. In early 2020, 34% of health care facilities in those areas were classified as non-functional or partially functional.9 The novel coronavirus threatens to weaken an already insufficient health care system.
Our Cameroonian partner organization (Centre for International Cooperation) is giving us regular updates, and we are adapting as fast as we can; but we need your help to provide support so please DONATE today! (see About Cameroon for more information and references)