Kelly updates us with what it's like to visit the medical clinics and hospitals that AMPHS one day hopes to improve
04.06.2011 - 06.06.2011
Kelly: So we had a great few days, we have been visiting rural villages in different regions surrounding Yaounde. The differences between clinics and health care in the U.S. and Cameroon has been a huge culture shock for all of us to accept.
As our primary concern as a nonprofit is public health, these site visits and conversations with village people have been extremely helpful. We have also had the luck of meeting an incredible doctor named Sammy, who has provided us with valuable knowledge on the health conditions of people in Cameroon and has even personally given us a tour of the health clinic he works at.
Our visit to Esse' and its surrounding villages was quite an extravagant welcome and visit. We spent an hour driving on a bumpy dirt road through thick jungle to arrive at a secluded health clinic. This experience taught us how impossible access to health clinics is for local villagers who have no means of transportation to these clinics and often have to walk for hours to get to the nearest clinic. Pregnant women are often carried in wheel barrows, or just give up and give birth on the sides of roads without the help of any attendents.
After visiting rural rainforest areas, we conversed with the prominent political and medical figures from Esse' (the village that has a health clinic that serves more than 5,000 people and a large rural area and population) over a feast that included speeches, gift giving and a singing and dancing performance by the local people.
Our busy schedules and packed itinerary has made it easy for us to sleep at night. We look forward to visiting many more villages in the upcoming days!