By Fru Rita Ngum
The new CBM Country Representative has congratulated the Socio Economic Empowerment of Person with Disability (SEEPD) Programme for its commitment towards implementing project activities. Mr. Fon Julius was speaking during a three day visit to the SEEPD Programme from the 25th to 27th July 2016.
The objective of the visit was for Mr. Fon and his team to appreciate the implementation of activities for the first half of 2016 for SEEPD Programme and the Clubfoot Care Project (CCCP), conduct partner assessment of the CBC Health Services, review a risk assessment matrix and action plan for the SEEPD Programme.
At the start of his visit to the Coordination Office of the SEEPD Programe in Bamenda, Mr. Fon who was accompanied by the CBM Programme Officer, Marie-Madeleine Nkouga and CBM Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Damian Tem expressed his joy in joining the CBM team. He disclosed that CBM has as mandate to support its partners in implementing projects effectively and reporting appropriately. Mr. Fon said given that funds are dwindling, implementing partners must work hard to deliver the services to the intended population in order to stay in the job market.
The CBM team listened to presentations from the Programme staff at the Coordination Office who gave an overview of the SEEPD Programme, the CCCP, updates on the progress of activities as well as some challenges faced in the implementation.
The visit was also an opportunity for the Country Representative and co visit and acquaint themselves with SEEPD Programme sites. Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH) being the hospital with a good history of disability issues and hosts to six SEEPD Programme projects was prioritised during the visit.
At MBH, the Assistant Administrator for Finance, Mr. Monono Hans on behalf of the Senior Administrator welcomed the CBM team and appreciated them for funding some departments of the hospital.
The SEEPD Programme staff led the visiting team to some departments of the hospital that are being supported by CBM.
At the Eye, Physiotherapy, Orthopaedic, Ear, Nose and Throat departments, the teams were welcomed by staff of the departments who provided updates and challenges faced. In the Orthopaedic Department, the Clinical Officer disclosed that they have received over 6,000 patients since January 2016. Eye Department Clinical Officer noted that 10 Assistant Clinical Officers are being trained with funds from CBM. In all the departments, they noted that the CBM funding is contributing significantly to the work they do. Regarding some of their challenges, the CBM Country Representative advised on how they can handle the issues.
The visit ended with a feedback session at the Coordination Office in Bamenda during which the CBM Country Representative said even though CBM has been supporting the CBCHS for long, there is still a lot of work to be done in the field due to high demand. Mr. Fon and his team expressed satisfaction for what the SEEPD Programme is doing and described the SEEPD team as a dynamic team of young people who are affecting the society positively.
The SEEPD Programme Manager, Mr. Awa Jacques Chirac, appreciated the CBM team for coming to visit the Programme and for the recommendations made stating that such recommendations always push the team to be more performant.
It should be noted that Mr. Fon Julius took over office on June 1, 2016 from Mr. Mue Peter who has been appointed to another office by CBM. Mr. Fon has worked for 20 years in the development field in Cameroon and England. With his rich experience, much is expected of him.