Launching the pilot program for AMPHS International
Welcome to the official blog of The Cameroon Health Cooperative, the international pilot program of the Academy of Medical & Public Health Services - International Division (AMPHS International). Here, you will be able to follow along with the six AMPHS International team members who are dedicating their time and energy to realizing our organization's mission. Regular updates about their daily activities, as well as the status of their safety and health, will be posted in accordance to updates received from the group.
Since AMPHS International doesn't officially touch down in Cameroon until May 31, posted below is some background information on the organization, along with a description of the Cameroon Health Cooperative.
WHO WE ARE:
AMPHS is a humanitarian nonprofit organization operated solely by volunteers, dedicated to advancing the health care of underprivileged communities across the nation and around the world. We accomplish our goals by providing free and low-cost community activities that forge a firm foundation for the improvement of health and well-being.
More specifically, AMPHS International supports communities around the globe that lack access to resources like basic sanitary infrastructure, information on disease prevention, and emergency medical care. We work with these underserved communities to create holistic systems of health services that will elicit sustainable improvements in community health, leading to a more just and equitable world.
ABOUT THE CAMEROON HEALTH COOPERATIVE:
The lack of funding in Cameroon for the medical and sanitary needs of its population results in inadequate health-sustaining institutions, infrastructure and education. In other words, the hospitals, ambulances, toilets, and water purification systems, among other resources, are not enough to meet the
needs of the people. Below are some eye-opening statistics on the medical inequalities currently existing in Cameroon:
- HIV is more than 10 times more prevalent in Cameroon than in the United States
- The response time of Cameroonian ambulance services can take up to four hours, with ambulances driving as much as 130 miles to reach those in need (the average response time in the United States is just eight minutes and 48 seconds)
- 47.9% of Cameroon's disease burden consists of preventable water-borne illnesses such as dysentery and cholera (Less than one percent of Americans are afflicted by such diseases)
The health services system currently in place for the global community requires money in exchange for a person’s health. What the Cameroon Health Cooperative hopes to accomplish is a successful implementation of educational programs that will empower people so that they can rely on themselves for their own health needs.
During the first trip to Cameroon in the month of June, AMPHS International members plan to engage in participatory ranking methodology with the chiefs and other leaders from at least ten villages. With these discussions, the organization will gain a better understanding of the health needs of the communities. Subsequent trips will include facilitating more discussions, administering detailed community health surveys, conducting community and emergency health worker training, and building sanitary infrastructure to support improvements in community health.
Stay tuned for further updates on the Cameroon Health Cooperative and AMPHS International in the coming month!