The CBC Health Services on August 19, 2023 joined other humanitarian organizations worldwide to commemorate World Humanitarian Day. On this occasion, the Deputy Director of Administration and Finance, Mr. Warri Denis called for all staff to put hands on deck to support the humanitarian response mission and to stand up to the challenges while serving the people in the context of the crisis. He was speaking during the event at the CBC Central Administration to launch activities to mark the day led by Mrs. Ful Morine, head of the CBC Health Services Humanitarian Response program.
In her presentation, Mrs. Ful thrilled the audience with the intervention of the CBC Health Services in responding to the humanitarian needs of the populations. She revealed that thanks to support from UNICEF, UNFPA and CBM, the CBC Health Services has been able to address the needs of women who had challenges with Fistula, create four Maternity Waiting homes at BBH, BHM, MBH, Kumba Baptist HC, and Mamfe Baptist HC. They have also been able to put smiles on the faces of persons with disabilities by providing them with wheelchairs, bringing back to live children who were suffering from severe malnutrition amongst other things.
Moved by the success stories recorded by the Humanitarian Response Team, Mr. Warri noted, “You are real ambassadors of the CBC Health Services, for, you did not only bring care to them but you brought Christ to them, to the extent of being described by some beneficiaries as Disciples of Jesus”. This tap on the back by the Deputy Director of Administration and Finance was crowned with a word of prayer as he called upon other staff members to pray and dedicate the team and their movements to God all Mighty.
According to Mrs. Ful Morine, the CBC Health Services has been actively involved at the front line in the humanitarian response situation since 2019 by providing health care, working with nutrition interventions where they manage children with malnutrition. The CBC has also provided activities in child protection and in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). They have been actively involved in sexual and reproductive health and rights with support from UNICEF, UNFPA, and in 2022 got support from UNHCR to work with refugees in the Centre and Littoral regions of Cameroon.
“Basically, those are the areas that we have intervened. It is worth noting that in the domain of WASH, we rehabilitated or provided new water sources in over 30 communities in the Northwest and Southwest Regions. Our work has mostly been community based, we go out to where the people are,” Mrs. Ful Morine added. The CBC has also been supported by CBM to provide disability inclusive health care and the Disability inclusive healthcare program has championed the inclusion of persons with disability in the response in the region. The program has also been extended to the Northern part of Cameroon.
The Humanitarian Response Team from the CBC Health Services later joined their counterparts at Big Mankon in Bamenda to celebrate under the theme, “No Matter What”. Participants during the celebrations received greetings from the leads of OCHA and WFP as well as from the WASH, Nutrition and Food Security Clusters that all gave a brief of the work they do for humanity. It was an opportunity for these organizations to know more about the work that local organizations in Bamenda are involved in via a visit to their stands. They also networked with the partner organizations for better response to the humanitarian crisis in the region and country at large.
On this World Humanitarian Day 2023, the CBC Health Services reaffirms her commitment to the value and humanitarian principles that guide us and show that “We stand shoulder to should with the communities we serve, no matter who, no matter where and #NoMatterWhat,” Mrs. Ful Morine remarked.