CDC in Cameroon

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began initial HIV/AIDS work in Cameroon in 1998, and transitioned to a fuller HIV/AIDS program in 2008, supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In 2007, the U.S. and Cameroon began further collaborations to prevent and control HIV, influenza, malaria, and other infectious diseases. CDC also works with Cameroon to strengthen laboratory, surveillance, and workforce capacity to respond to disease outbreaks in support of the Global Health Security Agenda.

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What CDC is Doing in Cameroon

CDC Impact in Cameroon
  • Launched and implemented the first national proficiency testing program, which currently has over 1,000 laboratories enrolled for HIV rapid testing.
  • 8,000 infants have been tested for HIV, and over 400 healthcare workers have been trained on HIV testing and dried blood spot collection.
  • 80 Ministry of Health personnel have been trained on quality assurance and laboratory strengthening protocols.
  • 94 healthcare workers have been trained on blood safety.
  • A 2-year advanced Field Epidemiology Training Program was implemented to develop well-trained field epidemiologists and disease detectives at the national levels of the MOH and Ministry of Livestock.
CDC Staff in Cameroon
  • 6 U.S. Assignees
  • 23 Locally Employed
Cameroon at a Glance
  • Population: 24,053,727 (2017)
  • Per capita income: $3,640
  • Life expectancy at birth: F 60 /M 57 years
  • Infant mortality rate: 52/1,000  live births

World Bank 2018, Cameroon
Population Reference Bureau 2018, Cameroon

Cameroon Top 10 Causes of Death
  2. Malaria
  3. Lower respiratory infections
  4. Neonatal disorders
  5. Diarrheal diseases
  6. Ischemic heart disease
  7. Stroke
  8. Tuberculosis
  9. Road injuries
  10. Cirrhosis

GBD Compare 2018, Cameroon

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Page last reviewed: January 19, 2022
Content source: Global Health