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CDC Works in Cameroon
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cameroon, was established in 1998 as an HIV/AIDS research-based field site and transitioned to HIV program support in 2008. In 2007, an historic memorandum of agreement was signed between USG and Government of the Republic of Cameroon (GRC) for cooperation in preventing and controlling HIV/AIDS, Avian Influenza and other infectious diseases. CDC’s current focus is HIV prevention, care and treatment through technical and financial assistance in the following areas: Prevention of mother to child HIV transmission (PMTCT), Blood Safety and Health Systems Strengthening (Lab and Strategic Information (SI) support). Key collaborators include Ministry of Health (MOH), National AIDS Control Committee, WHO, UNICEF and national and international implementing partners.

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Country stats at a glance

Cameroon at a Glance

Population: 23,739,000
Per capita income: $2,940
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 58/56 yrs
Under 5 mortality: 57/1000 live births

Source: Population Reference Bureau, 2015, Cameroon

Top 10 Causes of Death

Source: WHO Country Health Profile: Cameroon 

  1. HIV 13%
  2. Lower Respiratory Infections 12%
  3. Diarrheal Diseases 6%
  4. Malaria 5%
  5. Stroke 5%
  6. Ischemic Heart Disease 4%
  7. Birth Asphyxia & Birth Trauma 3%
  8. Meningitis 3%
  9. Preterm Birth Complications 3%
  10. TB 3%

What CDC Is Doing

Training personnel

With our partners:

  • 49, 032 pregnant women tested for HIV and received their results and 3, 020 HIV+ pregnant women put on ARVs
  • 194 HCWs trained on aspects of blood safety
  • 18,000 infants tested for HIV and over 400 HCWs trained on HIV testing and DBS collection
  • 980 MOH lab personnel trained on quality assurance and lab strengthening protocols
  • Strengthening 5 regional laboratories towards accreditation as five star labs

Success Stories

First-Of-Its-Kind Exercise Tests Cameroon’s Ability to Detect, Respond and Stop Cholera ‘Outbreak’ Health care workers at Cameroon’s Laquintinie Regional Hospital in Douala evaluate and treat actors and mannequins displaying symptoms of cholera on Sept. 13 as part of a simulation testing the country’s improved ability to detect and respond to disease outbreaks


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  • Page last updated: October 19, 2017
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