The National Strategic Plan for Community Health (NSPCH) costing some FFCA 46.7 billion saw the light of day Friday, July 27, 2022.
Cameroon has initiated the multi-billion project to improve community health across the country.
The Minister of Public Health, Dr. Manaouda Malachie launched the National Strategic Plan for Community Health in Bikok, Centre region on July 27, 2022.
The FCFA 46.7 billion- funded project covers the period from 2021-2025 .
The plan is expected to “contribute to the reduction of morbidity and mortality with the full participation of communities in all health areas and health districts in Cameroon by 2025,” according to Dr Manaouda.
The initiative will empower Community Health Workers, (CHW) while also mainstreaming the role of populations in safeguarding community health.
In 2017, another health scheme known as the National Community Health Policy was put in place in Cameroon to bring health care services closer to the populations.
It focused on priority public health programmes especially disease prevention .
The National Strategic Plan for Community Health is thus a logical follow up of the 2017 project.
The community health plan will not only improve the health of the populations, but require their full participation.
It has also come to improve health indicators and achieve Universal Health Coverage which is one of the main goals of the Sustainable Development Goals Cameroon hopes to achieve by 2030.
The national community plan will sustain community-directed health interventions through community ownership and self-funding.
It was developed with the support of technical and financial partners, stakeholders in the health system, and members of the community.
Kathy Neba Sina