AHA Programmes (2000 – Present)
- Health C are
- Capacity Development
- Outreach Services
- Rehabilitation/Construction of Health Care Facilites
Health Care Services & Rehabilitation Construction
The improvement of quality primary health care being one of AHA’s main objective, it is currently providing assistance for about 30,000 refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) who are not settled in camps but are integrated within the 13 villages and settlements scattered in the Kadey departments along with the local population. Gbakim, Mboumama, Toktoyo, Gbiti, Kole, Nyabi, Mbile, and Kentzou are amongst the 13 villages inhabited by CAR refugees.
To accomplish its objective, AHA has coordinated with the national health systems as the refugees and host communities use the same health centres. AHA is currently concentrating on the improvement of health care services which will help both communities
The districts where AHA offers its services are Kette, Batouri, and Ndelele. AHA is providing drugs, medicines, medical equipments and furniture to 12 health centres in these districts. It is also building two complete new health centres in Toktoyo and Mboumama villages. Until the construction of these health centres is finalised AHA has currently rented and furnished two houses to provide primary health care services to both the refugees and local population. To provide better care to the communities, patient’s referral system is also organised. AHA refers an average of twelve patients every month to the districts’ hospitals and covers their expenses.
AHA has set up two mobile medical teams that are led by qualified medical doctors and managed by a medical coordinator. These medical teams visit their respective health centres daily. The mobile team consists of a medical doctor, two nurses, one laboratory and one pharmacy assistant nurse and a driver.
HIV/AIDS Promotion & Counselling and Malaria
Due to religious beliefs sexuality is a taboo in the community. AHA’s interventions focus on the prevention of STI and HIV/ AIDS. In this regards, AHA organises campaigns to provide education and offers sensitisation. Distribution and demonstration of condoms are parts of the campaigns’ programmes. Similarly to this, the distribution of mosquito nets and the fixing of these nets in the homes are also carried out.
In our areas of operation in Cameroon, deliveries at home are common. This could be either for cultural reasons which regard women who deliver on their own as valiant, or due to the inaccessibility of health centres. In this regards, AHA works hard to insure access to information and to the services the population needs. It plans to supply health centres with reproductive health facilities, train and set up capacities in reproductive health (medical staff and traditional midwives), and conduct sensitization campaigns.
AHA also assists the local health centres in providing supplies of pre-packed delivery and baby kits. These act as incentive for women to make prenatal visits and to give birth at the health centres.
AHA has assessed the needs of the local health centres and has devised a programme to train the medical personnel, supply missing items such as laboratory equipments, and assist in consultations and other clinical activities. AHA also plans to improve the health centres’ general layout so as to make them conducive for patient care.
Although AHA is currently doing limited outreach activities, it plans to strengthen this sector in consultation with its partner, UNHCR. Since AHA started delivering its services in early August 2010, the number of outpatient consultations in the health centres has more than tripled.
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