***This trip is now full and no longer accepting application***
****Trip Requirement - all team members must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two to three weeks before trip departure.***
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 just after vaccination.
***The Yellow Fever Vaccine is required for this trip.***
Cameroon is a diverse country in Central Africa with a population of 26 million people. Although more than 240 languages are spoken in Cameroon, French and English are the two official languages that are widely spoken. The climate in Cameroon varies from a Sahel/desert hot and dry climate in the northern part to a rain forest type climate in the south and eastern parts, and a coastal and mountain/savanna type climate in the west and mid-western parts of Cameroon. 40% of Cameroonians are Christians, 20% Muslims, with the remaining 40% holding indigenous beliefs.
Our VIMM team will be hosted by L�Eglise de Jesus Christ based in Douala, a coastal city with access to the Atlantic Ocean by the Wouri River. The climate in Douala is hot and humid. Although Douala is the second most populous city in Cameroon, the city is still battling with poverty and poor access to health care. For the residents of Douala, their major health issues come from mosquitoes and poor water quality. Consequently malaria, typhoid fever and various diarrheal diseases are common.
Lodging for the team will be in Douala in a local hotel. From Douala, the team plans to travel by car or bus to Pouma, about a 45 minute drive from Douala, and to Akonolinga and Dimako, which are longer distances from Douala to hold mobile medical clinics. Most of the people in these areas live by farming, hunting, or selling merchandise. Hospitals are non-existent in these locations with only a few clinics, sometimes with no physicians on site. The main diseases to deal with in these sites are malaria, typhoid fever, diarrhea, hypertension and heart problems, wounds and skin diseases, eye and ear problems, dental problems, and respiratory diseases. Women with infants and pregnant women are much in need of health care as well. The population will benefit from treatment and on site education. Also, mosquito nets, water filters, and insecticides are welcome. Our VIMM team plans to take reading glasses and sun glasses to provide to those in need of them.
Food will be prepared by Cameroonians. The Cameroonian people are very friendly. There is a lot of culture to discover in Cameroon. One day will be set aside for sightseeing/leisure. For the experience of a lifetime come join this team and make a difference in this part of the world. Doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and non-medical personnel are needed on this medical mission to the African nation of Cameroon.
The team will be co-led by Kirby Phillips and Marthe Bake. Marthe is a native of Cameroon who migrated to Atlanta, Georgia where she became a nurse. She has family members who live in Cameroon and are active in the local church. Kirby is a member of the VIMM Board of Directors where he serves on the Trip Steering and Village Health Worker committees. He is a veteran of 20 VIMM trips, having led 9 teams to Haiti, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Sri Lanka. He also served 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
***Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic trip details are subject to change***
***$300 non-refundable deposit is due before any team member is added to a team roster.***
Please note that passports must be valid up to 6 months from your trip return date.