Through the partnership between the MTN Foundation and ASCOVIME, 20 health campaigns shall be organized in rural areas by November 2018, benefitting thousands of persons.
Douala, 21 April 2017 – The MTN Foundation, first corporate foundation created in Cameroon, announces the organization of a health campaign at Melen Ba’aba, a village located at about 4 km from Nkolfoulou in the Centre Region, in partnership with ASCOVIME (Association of Talents for Better Life) which seeks to reinforce medical assistance provided to the underprivileged.
At the origin of this health campaign is African Women’s Association, an organization with United Nations status that promotes and defends the rights of women and children.
Since December 2016, roughly 5,000 Cameroonians have benefitted quality proximity health care during 4 health campaigns organized nationwide within the second phase of this partnership. Beneficiaries include patients at the Ngondo and Nguon cultural festivals in Douala, Littoral region, and Mfoumban, West region in November and December 2016, as well as the rural communities of Bwapacky and Meyomessi in the Littoral and South regions respectively in March 2017.
The Melen Ba’aba health campaign will benefit roughly 500 people who shall FREELY access quality services as follows:
- Medical consultations;
- Distribution of prescribed medicines;
- Surgical operations;
- Lab tests;
- Sensitization on major endemics as per Government’s health policy.
MTN Foundation will moreover boost the technical facilities of ASCOVIME, which, in fact, is an ambulatory health centre launched over 10 years ago by Georges BWELLE, Cameroonian medical doctor recognized as CNN Hero by the renowned TV station, CNN.
Since 2014, through this partnership, MTN Foundation intends restoring hope within the benefactor communities, often underprivileged and without easy access to appropriate health care. According to Jean-Melvin Akam, Executive Secretary of the MTN Foundation, “Life is the most sacred commodity, and MTN’s commitment to the betterment of the health of millions is a response to the ethical demand by Cameroonians who expect companies to invest beyond their sector of activity, in seeking solutions to the problems faced by the population”.