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Cameroon Red Cross Counts Achievements At 50 

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai

The President of the Cameroon Red Cross, CRC, William Aurélien Eteki Mboumoua, has listed key achievements of the humanitarian movement ahead of the celebration of 50 years of existence in Cameroon.
Eteki Mboumoua was speaking at the conference hall of CRC in Yaounde, December 12, during an information day with the media. 
He revealed that after the official creation of CRC in 1960 and following decree No 63/DF/6 of January 9, 1963, Cameroon recognised the movement as a useful public association and a society for voluntary assistance. 
The CRC was born in 1959 as a branch of the French Red Cross.
According to Eteki Mboumoua, the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent also recognised the CRC in 1963 and on May 16, 2012, the Government of Cameroon signed a partnership agreement with the CRC bordering on the provision of medical assistance and humanitarian aid in emergency situations.
He stated that the vision of the CRC is to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable by mobilising the power of humanity. 
Harping on such a vision, he outlined assistance given to victims of the Nsam Efoulan fire disaster in Yaounde in 1998 and the week-long assistance accorded to victims of the Mbanga Pongo plane crash of May 5, 2007 in Douala.
Mention was also made of the assistance to Central African refugees stationed in the East and Adamawa Regions where, since 2007, the CRC has been providing better access to healthcare, balanced monthly diets and ensuring optimal education for refugee children. Meanwhile, with support from the UN Higher Commissioner for Refugees, the CRC was able to provide basic needs to Chadian refugees at Langui from February 2008 to February 2013.
Eteki also highlighted the construction of latrines and showers for the flood victims in North, Far North and Northwest Regions, thanks to support from UNICEF and the World Food Programme. 
To promote food safety and fight against malnutrition, the CRC, in 2012 and 2013, established community farms in Pouss and Guirvidig in the Far North where crops such as rice, maize, sorghum and peanuts are being cultivated, as well as the rearing of livestock. 
The initiative is supported by the International Federation and the Government of Japan.
Some other achievements include the construction of six health centres in Yaounde and Dzeng in the Centre Region, Douala in the Littoral, Kribi and Kye-Ossi in the South, and Yagoua in the Far North. 
The construction of 22 pipe-borne water points in collaboration with the Coca Cola Foundation in the West, East, Southwest, Littoral and Centre Regions are also on the list of projects realised.
The CRC has 58 Divisional committees, 339 Subdivisional committees, 15,000 volunteers, 55 national instructors in first aid and emergency assets, 254 active monitors’ first aid team leaders and 250 Red Cross clubs in secondary schools and universities nationwide.
Eteki used the occasion to highlight the financial difficulties of the CRC remarking that the emergency humanitarian aid fund that he created has not been operational. 
He, however, hailed the enormous support that has been coming from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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