Hope Services in Yaounde, Cameroon was founded in 1994 with a mission to provide economically disadvantaged children, women and men with affordable health care services, and free treatment for those with no ability whatsoever to pay, to hundreds of thousands of residents of Cameroon.
Today, Hope Services has a goal to expand its healthcare services to tens of thousands more by opening a second clinic in the city of Douala, about 120 miles from Yaounde, where there is a lack of adequate, affordable health care for hundreds of thousands of impoverished residents.
The need is great and the facts are staggering.
· In sub-Saharan Africa countries including Cameroon, hundreds of women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
· The risk of maternal mortality is highest for adolescent girls under 15 years old and complications in pregnancy and childbirth are their leading cause of death.
· Less than half of women in sub-Saharan Africa benefit from skilled care during childbirth – meaning that millions of births are not assisted by a doctor, trained nurse or even a midwife.
· Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 15 times more likely to die before the age of five than children in developed countries. In Cameron, nearly 30% of the deaths of children under 5 are from malaria and diarrhea alone – a mortality rate that could lower significantly with access to health care.
For all these reasons and more, Bread and Water for Africa® is launching “”Clinic4Cameroon”. In the month of December, starting on Giving Tuesday, our goal is to raise the $37,000 necessary to construct a clinic which is projected to serve 60,000 children and adults in its first year of operation alone.
#Clinic4Cameroon. It’s about the numbers – tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands in the years to come who will have a place to turn to when their lives are being threatened by easily preventable and treatable diseases.
#Clinics4Cameroon. It’s about the 60,000.