Cameroon Report – YAOUNDE
Africa minister James Duddridge has announced a new UK aid package to support humanitarian efforts in Cameroon where conflict has displaced over a million people.
The UK government has increased funding by £4.5 million towards humanitarian efforts in the Central African country.
Duddridge said, the new package will provide thousands of people with vital food packs, sanitation provisions as well as improved access to maternity healthcare in the poorest areas.
The UK’s support will also provide nine health facilities across Cameroon with medical supplies, train essential health workers, and support vaccination campaigns to prevent disease spread.
Cameroon is affected by four concurrent, complex humanitarian situations: Boko Haram violence in the Far North region; growing humanitarian needs resulting from hostilities in the North-West and South-West regions, with spillover effects in the West and Littoral regions; consequences of the influx of refugees from the Central African Republic into the eastern regions (Adamawa, North and East) and the COVID-19 outbreak affecting the entire territory of Cameroon, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The number of people in need of urgent assistance in Cameroon drastically increased from 3.9 million in early 2020 to 6.2 million since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, OCHA.