CHWs (83) Crisis in Anglophone Cameroon - Role of CHWs in preventing and managing gender-based violence (3)

2 March, 2020

Thank you for bringing this up - apart from the very important topic of child abuse and molestation, gender based violence and its health complications, your post reminds the world of this forgotten war taking place in the Cameroon for years now.

We are told that Nigeria is hosting hundreds of millions of refugees who escaped the violence and killings to cross the border into many states in Nigeria. Nigeria has its own internally displaced millions but now has to deal with refuges including their health and social needs. We have read from the Nigeria media that Cross River State, one of the hosting Nigerian state, has spent a lot of money and resource to cater for the refugees from Anglophone Cameroon. Individuals and NGOs have also taken to providing basic needs like shelter, food and clothing for these refugees.

HRIWA shall share your post about gender violence with the health authorities in Nigeria.

One wonders why the world media is silent about this devastating war in Cameroon, which we are told is between the Franco-phone dominated federal government versus the minority Anglo-phone region. It appears some wars are more important than others even if they all cause human catastrophy, ill health and death

Joseph Ana

HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

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