UNICEF Cameroon Situation Report - 25 June 2012
The Sahel regions of Cameroon suffered three overlapping years of devastating drought and/or floods.
UNICEF is responding to the nutrition and food emergency, but still has a 58% funding gap which must be filled with urgency to meet the most important needs of children and women.
Significant increase in severe acute malnutrition cumulative admittances in one month, (from 18,012 in April to 29,376 in May).
More than half of the 2012 target of 55,000 SAM children has been reached. About 53 % (29,376) of Children under 5 with Severe Acute Malnutrition have been admitted to Therapeutic Feeding programs, and 19.87% (8,195) have recovered in the North and Far North regions of Cameroon.
As of 05 June, 2012 UNICEF is ready with the distribution of therapeutic foods in the two regions, consisting of 414 cartons of F-75, 1,229 cartons of F-100, 16,176 cartons of Plumpy nut, and 102 cartons of RESOMAL.
New partnership agreement signed on 06 June between the Ministry of Public Health (MOH), the faculty of medicine at Yaoundé University and UNICEF to deploy sixteen medical Residents in sixteen priority health districts of the two regions to reinforce the capacity of nutrition therapeutic centres and hospitals in managing severe acute malnutrition.
UNICEF continues to lead Nutrition Cluster at national level and together with the government has held regional nutritional cluster meetings on 18 June in Far North region and 20 June in the North region.
Since January 2012, 9 cases of cholera with zero deaths were reported in the North and Far North regions, compared to 101 cases with 2 deaths reported nationally. With the arrival of the rainy season, the season for cholera epidemics has also begun. UNICEF is partnering with the MOH for an on-going national cholera awareness and prevention campaign
Successful measles campaign conducted during the 15 epidemiological weeks has helped reduce number of measles cases from an average of 444 cases per week down to 152 cases per week l in both regions.
Communication for Development (C4D) training of 20 trainers was performed in Far North