Wisdom of Life

Cameroon and healthcare – not a healthy combination

Health conditions in the African country of Cameroon are a growing concern among the population.  While the citizens of this beautiful country continue to work hard and show gracious hospitality to their visitors, they are falling victim to injuries and diseases that would be quickly eradicated in other countries of the world with a simple vaccine or antibiotic prescription. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), children are especially vulnerable to the diseases and health problems that result from poor hygiene, malnutrition, and lack of vaccinations.  In Cameroon, according to WHO:

  • 36% of children suffer from stunting of growth, due to poor nutrition
  • Malaria is a particularly threatening disease for children under the age of five, causing nearly one-fifth of all deaths of children in this age group.
  • Cholera infections regularly reach epidemic proportions during the rainy seasons, and resulted in more than 700 deaths in 2011.

However, it seems that Cameroon has a new friend in its healthcare corner.  Dr. Ekokobe Fonkem, a practicing physician in the United States who is a native of the Cameroon village of Atoabechied, recently visited the village and was overcome with sadness and compassion for the residents of the village who were dying from conditions, injuries and diseases that would be easily treated in other parts of the world. 

It was this experience that inspired Dr. Fonkem to consult with some of his U.S. professional colleagues who enthusiastically support his vision and shortly thereafter a foundation was formed to make the vision a reality.  Thus, the Fuankem Lekeanyi Memorial Medical Clinic (FLMMC) began to take shape and hope is on the horizon for the villagers of Atoabechied. 

Donations are needed and requested to help make this happen for this hard-working people who are noted for their hospitality, charm, and love for their land.