Humanitarian crisis in Cameroon

Cameroon has faced three crises which have left 2.7 million people in need of assistance. From 2015-2016 the number of people needing assistance to meet basic health needs increased by 20% to 1.1 million. Violence in Nigeria and in the far North of Cameroon has led to the displacement of thousands of people and an estimated 2.5 million have fled their homes as a result of armed groups.20 New refugees from Nigeria and the Central African Republic are living in settings characterized as having a high risk of epidemics.21 Numerous centers have closed down due to conflicts, placing pressure on other clinics to meet burgeoning demand. Children and women are most affected by the lack of health care services.22 In 2013, the maternal mortality ratio was 590 deaths per 100,000 live births.23 Approximately 40% of married/in-union women of reproductive age had their need for family planning satisfied with modern contraceptive methods.24

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