Sanofi, MTN Foundation equip Cameroon diabetes clinics
The MTN Foundation and Sanofi announce the handover of medical equipment to 4 “Diabetes Clinics” on Tuesday 19 May 2015, at the AD LUCEM hospital in Bali, Douala, Littoral region.
This ceremony falls within the implementation framework of the tripartite agreement signed between Sanofi, the MTN Foundation and Ministry of Public Health to fight against diabetes and high blood pressure through the project dubbed Health Alert.
Signed on 18 February 2015, this partnership agreement seeks to step up the level of sensitization of the population and equally intends contributing towards the efficient follow-up of the diagnosed patients. Concretely speaking, this assistance is essentially based on the deployment of Diabetes Clinics which are facilities developed within hospitals. The objective of such clinics is to support screening, ease awareness on diabetes and hypertension as well as speed up therapeutic education of the patients. For William TIACOH, General Manager of Sanofi, Central Africa, “This gesture once more marks Sanofi’s willingness to support Cameroonian health authorities in the fight against diabetes and HBP.”
Four Diabetes Clinics located in the Littoral and South West regions have been fully renovated, and shall receive equipment:
- AD LUCEM hospital, Bali
- Our Lady of Love hospital, Logpom
- CDC hospital, Tiko
- Regional hospital, Limbe
These hospitals add up to those of Olembe, Cité Verte and Efoulan in the Centre region thereby taking to 07, the number of Diabetes Clinics entirely refurbished and equipped during this first phase.
For the second phase of the programme, the MTN Foundation shall also contribute to install 8 new clinics in the Centre, Littoral, South West, Adamawa, North West and West regions, notably through providing medical equipment for the screening and follow-up of patients as well as equipment for the clinics to improve the reception of patients.
Commenting on the engagement of the MTN Foundation, its Executive Secretary, Jean-Melvin AKAM states, “With Sanofi, through the Health Alert project, we believe to have been able to provide concrete solutions against a major public health concern that needs to be addressed. Our sensitizing the masses, rehabilitating the 9 DHBP Clinics and creation of 8 others shall unarguably have a particular impact in the fight against diabetes and HBP.”
Health Alert ought to enable the sensitization of 4,000,000 people on diabetes and hypertension thanks to educative SMSes as well as support the screening and follow-up of roughly 1000 new patients per month.