The Anglophone crises in the North West (NW) and South West (SW) Regions of Cameroon that has resulted to the displacement of over 600,000 civilians to neighboring countries, urban towns, French-speaking regions as well as into some bushes (forests), is increasingly raising eye browse as to how to rescue the affected civilians.
CAWI, through its WASH (Water, Sanitation and Health) cluster aims at promoting and maintaining the proper use of water, hygiene, and sanitation within its two functional identification Centres: The Buea Metropolitan Centre (for SW and Littoral) and the Dschang Centre (for Lebialem, West and NW).
Water and Sanitation related diseases cause significant deaths and sickness and this is more rampant in crowded homes and quarters. Reports show that during the protracted war and conflict, in particular, simple diarrheal diseases can often kill more people than the fighting itself. On this premise, CAWI brings together some IDPs within Buea on the 28th of June 2019. During this meeting, words from the WASH cluster lead – Floris Atem, from the CAWI Director- Lucia Nkembi, and from the representative of the CEO of ERuDeF- Achanyi Micheal, were all geared towards encouraging and educating the IDPs present on the need to embark on proper hygiene and sanitation, in a bit to redress health issues in crises such as diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, some water-borne diseases, infectious skin and eye diseases, as well as malaria, resulting poor hygiene and contaminated water.
The program therefore aimed at educating and donating WASH kits to some 18 IDPS within Buea who included both male and female students and parents. Items donated included Buckets, toilet rolls, Savon and sanitary pads. Most IDPs at the end of this program gave positive words of impression and appreciation to the CAWI team while encouraging CAWI to continue in thinking about their needs and their welfare.