Medicine Sans Frontiers Says violence and violations of human rights have made the headlines in the past years, the impact of this crisis on people’s basic medical needs has often been overlooked.
MSF also stated that According to the latest UN figures, the flare up of violence in the anglophone regions of Cameroon has pushed more than 700,000 people to flee their homes, while over 60,000 have fled to neighbouring Nigeria.
In a statement made available to newsmen MSF stated that thousands of people struggle to access vital healthcare in the restive Northwest region of Cameroon since the imposition of the suspension
Medicines Sans Frontiers said peoples’ living conditions are massively affected by the crisis, that over 1.4 million people are considered in need of humanitarian support in Northwest and Southwest Cameroon.
MSF-supported community health workers conducted over 150,000 consultations for communities in both regions.
The charity said the support it rendered with other humanitarian organisations proved to be all the more vital as insecurity and attacks on staff have limited the number of organisations present at field level to provide lifesaving services.
In 2020, MSF teams in the North-West region treated 180 survivors of sexual violence; 1,725 mental health consultations were provided; 3,272 surgeries were performed; 4,407 patients were referred by ambulance, of which more than 1,000 were women in labour; 42,578 consultations were provided by community health volunteers, mostly for malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory tract infections.
Present in many countries where government forces and non-state armed groups clash, MSF is committed to its charter which requires the provision of health care without discrimination or heed to political or religious affiliations, race or gender.