20 May 2017
A project coordination meeting aimed at piloting Know Your Numbers (KYN), a sub project (prevention and intervention method) of the Non-Communicable Di s e a s e s (NCD) programme, in seven (7) districts of Cameroon has taken place at the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Directorate of Health Services at the premises of the Baptist Center in Bamenda.
The meeting that held on April 17, 2017 brought together some ten (10) attendees who act as site coordinators in 7 facilities of the CBC Health Services lessons. He said there was need to refresh news reporters’ skill after the last one that held in 2012. Speaking at the end of the training and on behalf of the rest, some of the participants testified how much they have learned in a short time. The old reporters promised to improve on their reporting skills while the new ones felt satisfied that they can now report activities with confidence. Photographs and interactive sessions spiced the lessons. The seven districts to be covered for now include: Bamenda, Fundong, Mifi (West Region), Logbaba (Douala), Biyem-Assi (Yaounde), and Tiko health district. Speaking to CBCHS Press, the Programme Coordinator for the CBC Health Services NCD programme, Mr. Mbiydzenyuy Ferdinant Sonyuy, explained that the goal of the KYN project is to educate the public on NCDs – their burdens and risk factors, provide screening services for early detection and prevention. The NCD Programme Coordinator explained further that initial meeting was necessary to kick-start the project and set the pace for the new project. He revealed that the next step will be to train nurses who will provide the screening interventions as more on this project continues to be unveiled to the public for wider participation. It is worth mentioning that the project which will run for two years and will be funded by Norvatis, a German pharmaceutical company that supports project initiatives aimed at strengthening the capacity of communities to prevent NCDs.
It will be recalled that prior to this, Mr. Mbiydzenyuy Ferdinandt attended another meeting in the UK from March 11-17, 2017 under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the University of Oxford. It was a course on prevention strategies for NCDs where he presented a paper sharing the experience of the
CBC Health Services with NCDs with 18 other participants from 14 countries. The project coordination meeting at the CBC Health Services head office in Bamenda will be followed by a training of KYN nurses in Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH) from April 24-26, 2017.