After receiving capacity building mentorship for 2 years, CBC health Services officially ends the mentorship program with one of the ViiV grantee Community Based Organization (CBO), WACameroon during a one-day meeting organized on July 11 2020 at the Baptist Center Nkwen. During this close-out meeting, CBCHS evaluated the performance of WACameroon compared to the Baseline assessment conducted two years ago.
With more than 60 years of offering lifesaving services to communities in Cameroon, the CBC Health Services has over the years accumulated experience, making it a master in reaching underserved communities. With this rich experience under its belt, the CBC Health Services was contracted by PACF/ViiV Healthcare to offer technical assistance to some selected CBOs in Cameroon among which was WACameroon.
During these two years, WACameroon was capacitated in the domains of; Organzational Governance, Financial Management, Technical Interventions, Partnerships and Advocacy and Monitoring and Evaluation. The coaching started with a baseline assessment which sought to evaluate the strength and weaknesses of the organization and agreeing on the gaps that needed to be filled through the technical assistance.
In ensuring that the technical assistance was impactful, CBC Health Services team adopted the following TA approaches: capacity building through trainings, supportive/facilitative supervision, one-on-one coaching and onsite mentorship facilitated by seasoned trainers on different thematic, as well as an experiential attachment which attached mentees from WACameroon to some experts in specific domains at CBCHS for hands-on experience.
Hence the meeting was not only a forum to draw the curtains after two years of project implementation, but to also evaluate the quality of the technical assistance and the changes that have taken place in WACameroon. It was also an opportunity for the grantee CBO to provide an appraisal feedback to CBCHS.
The ViiV Technical Assistance (TA) Director, Prof. Tih Pius Muffih commended the positive attitude the team adopted towards implementing recommendations and hoped that they will continue to put into practice their learnings from CBCHS to improve on the quality of services offered in communities.
In return, WACameroon Coordinator, Mrs. Awondo Judith immensely appreciated the CBC HS for the quality of mentorship and noted that they had made significant changes in their organization thanks to the TA. “We used to do things well, now we do them better. Though we have improved the way we do things, we will still want to maintain this vital partnership so that we can keep growing. TA has literally changed our narrative,” she beamed.
Staff of WACameroon left the hall jubilating for their qualification to be certified and more importantly because CBC Health Services promised to leave their doors open to future partnership opportunities.