TOWARDS ELIMINATION OF SCHISTOSOMIASIS: a paradigm shift

MONT FEBE HOTEL, YAOUNDE, CAMEROON

22 - 23 MARCH 2017

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Left to right : The WHO Representative to Cameroon, the Minister of Public Health and the Permanent Secretary of the National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and Soil transmitted Helminthiasis 

The Permanent Secretary of the National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and Soil transmitted Helminthiasis, the Minister of Public Health and the Minister of Basic Education during the launch of the 2016 National Deworming Campaign 

Partners of the National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and Soil transmitted Helminthiasis. 

His excellency the Minister of Public Health, Andre Mama Fouda during the launch of the National Deworming Campaign 2016

The Permanent Secretary of the National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and Soil transmitted Helminthiasis, Prof Louis Albert Tchuem Tchuente

Members of the Deworm3 Cameroon Consortium at the Ministry of Health with the Deworm3 team during their visit to Cameroon

Permanent Secretary of the programme with the Deworm3 team visiting the community at Ndikinimeki, in the Centre Region.

Partners during the annual stakeholders NTD work plan meeting

Permanent Secretary of the programme enlightens journalists about the issue of schistosomiasis re-infection at Barombi Kotto village as part of the activity in line with the NTD journalists training organised by the programme.

Prof L.A Tchuem Tchuente raises awareness about schistosomiasis and STH at the national radio station.

The Permanent secretary of the programme attends a working session with Directors of Health Areas in Edea Health District, a head of the planned mass drug administration for the whole community.

Welcome to the official website for the National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and Soil transmitted Helminthiasis in Cameroon. This is a platform where by, all can access information pertaining to schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in all 10 regions of the country. 

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Word from the Minister of Public Health

''The control of bilharzia and intestinal worms is a big challenge, and the involvement of all is essential in curbing these scourges. We should mobilise financial and technical resources to meet this challenges. Therefore, on behalf of the Government, I call on all partners to take part in the collective effort and to fully commit themselves to the control of these diseases in Cameroon.''

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Word from the Minister of Basic Education

''The Government is convinced that education to health, environment and family life constitutes an essential guarantee for the achievement of a complete human development. The Ministry of Basic Education has developed a consistent programme of construction of latrines and water points, and health education. I therefore, invite all teaching staff at all levels to take ownership of this programme in order to achieve the complete eradication of these parasitic diseases''

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Message from the Programme Coordinator

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Our Vision

We envision a Cameroon free from Schistosomiasis and STH.

Our Goal

We would like that these diseases no longer constitute a public health problem in Cameroon. Thus, we aim to eliminate all cases of schistosomiasis and STH.

Our Mission

Through our leadership and coordination of developing policies, we strive to free all Cameroonians from the burden associated with schistosomiasis and STH infections. 

About Us

The National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and Intestinal Helminthiasis leads on all control and prevention activities for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in Cameroon. 

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About the Diseases

Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis are the most common worm infections affecting people of all ages, especially children as soon as they are old enough to crawl. 

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Achievements

The National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and Soil transmitted Helminthiasis has made great strides in reducing the burden caused by these diseases, on the Cameroonian people. 

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Our Partners

The collective efforts of all our partners, both at national and international level, is what helps to sustain the work the programme is doing in trying to improve the health status of the people.

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Latest News

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Raising awareness about Schistosomiasis on National Radio Station-CRTV

02 August 2016, Yaounde - Communication is an invaluable tool which serves to raise awareness and sensitise the population, around the control and elimination of NTDs in the country. Prof Tcuem Tchuente joined the team of 'CRTV m'accompagne' at the national radio station to  discuss the importance of building health reporting capacity around NTDs within the media. Schistosomiasis and other NTDs continue to pose problems for some populations around the country, but educating  the public helps them to be aware of transmission routes and how to prevent it. For more information about schistosomiasis, please click here

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NTDs Training for Journalists

23 - 28 July 2016The National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and STH organised a 6 days NTDs training session for journalists from national and regional levels. Prof Tchuem Tchuente, permanent secretary of the programme believes that "communication plays a very big role in raising awareness, controlling and eliminating NTDs". The training session consisted field visits to various schistosomiasis endemic sites as well as areas which now stand as success stories in the elimination of schistosomiasis. Journalists were able to experience first hand the challenges and realities faced in reaching populations most affected. All the communities and traditional leaders visited, warmly received the team and expressed gratitude for the government's effort in hearing their voice and working to improve their health status. 

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Working Session with Directors of Health Areas in Edea Health District, Littoral Region

19 July 2016, Edea - Prof Louis-Albert Tchuem Tchuente attended a working session with the directors of the various health areas in the Edea Health District, in the Littoral Region ahead of a planned mass drug distribution. This working session organised by the National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and STH demonstrates the government's incessant commitment in improving the health status of the population. Prof Tchuem Tchunete commended the directors for their relentless hard work and reiterated that 'in order to interrupt transmission of schistosomiasis we have to deworm the whole community, not just school-aged children'.

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DEWORM3 Team Visit to Cameroon

23 - 25 June 2016, Yaounde - A 3-person team from the DEWORM3 project, funded by the Gates Foundation visited Cameroon to evaluate the country's capacity to engage in the project which aims to eliminate soil-transmitted helminths by 2020. The team were amiably welcomed by the National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and other government and non-governmental partners. Through interactions and working sessions with the Minister of Public Health, the Secretary General of State for the Ministry of Health, national NTD control programs alongside the WHO, HKI, Sightsavers amongst others, the DEWORM3 team were able to learn about the capabilities and expertise of each partner in the consortium, as well as high political commitment from the government to improving the health status of its people. An important aspect of this visit was the visit to Ndikinimeki and Bandjoun health districts where experiences and best practices from the communities on ground were obtained.

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Prof L.A Tchuem Tchuente appointed LSTM NTD Ambassador

09 June 2016, Yaounde - We are pleased to announce that Professor Louis-Albert Tchuem Tchuente, Permanent Secretary for Cameroon's National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and STH has been appointed NTD Ambassador, for the renowned Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. Through this role, Prof Tchuem Tchuente will contribute in raising the profile of NTDs among policymakers, media and general public; and to advocate for NTD donors, governments and organisation to maintain and increase their commitments to achieve the World Health Organisation's Roadmap goals. Click below to read more about Prof Tchuem Tchuente

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Launch of Annual Stakeholder NTD work plan meeting for Cameeroon

07 June 2016, Yaounde - The annual stakeholders NTD work plan meeting brought together both international and national stakeholders involved in the fight against neglected tropical diseases. These stakeholders comprising the National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and STH, National Programme for the Control of Onchocerciasis, Helen Keller International, RTI International, Perspective, Sightsavers, and International Eye Foundation discussed the implementation the Envision project for 2017. This 8-year USAID funded project aims at providing assistance to the NTD control programs for the control and elimination of NTDs so that they are no longer a public health problem.

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2016 National Deworming Campaign in Cameroon

09 March 2016, Yaounde - His Excellency, the Minister of Public Health, Mama Andre Fouda alongside her excellency, the Minister of Basic Education,Youssouf Hadjidja Alim presided the inauguration of the free deworming of school-aged in all ten regions in Cameroon. This campaign which is in line with the activities implemented by the National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and STH serves to rid the Cameroonian people of the burdens incurred from NTDs.

Advocacy meeting for the fight against NTDs in the Centre Region,Cameroon

03 March 2016, Yaounde - The Governor of the Centre Region, was joined by administrative authorities and municipal leaders to discuss progress on the fight against neglected tropical diseases in the Centre region. 

Preparatory meeting for the launch of the 2016 National Deworming Campaign

02 February 2016, YaoundeKey stakeholders engaged in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, were joined by the His excellency, Minister of Public Health, Andre Mama Fouda, who presided the meeting for the finalisation of plans for the 2016 National Deworming Campaign. 

 
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Launch of the COUNTDOWN project in Cameroon

09 October 2015, Yaounde - The Minister of Public Health, Andre Mama Fouda presided the launch of the COUNTDOWN project In Cameroon. This is an implementation research programme aimed at intensifying the control and elimination of PC-NTDs in Cameroon. The implementing partners for the project are the Ministry of Health, the Centre for Schistosomiasis and Parasitology, the University of Yaounde I and the University of Buea. 

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Ministry of Public Health, Republic of Cameroon