Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Organisation of SUFI Phase 2 Home Visit in Cameroon

By Helen Ayamba, Email: camlink99@gmail.com 2,089,647 home visits will be covered by 4354 Community Health Workers (CHWs) throughout Cameroon during the second phase of SUFI. With SUFI Phase 2 strategy the target coverage is estimated to be about 80% of the households and all CSOs would have done at least two visits per year before December 2015. The number of Community Health Workers per district depends on the demographic weight. An evaluation of Phase 1 led to re-arrangement of the strategy for Phase 2. Pregnant women and children between 0 to 5 years constitute 52 % of the target population to be reached.
The community health workers will identify home with malaria cases to be handled with the support of the district health service. While Plan will send reports to the Global Fund, it will also assure the conception, definition and elaboration of the norms for execution of the programme.At the regional level, the CSO of the district sign and manage collaboration contracts at grassroots and funds for paying CSOs and CHWs will come from Plan International Cameroon. The role of the CSO is to carry out advocacy within the administrative locality and assure payment of the community health workers. The care delivery of identified persons during home visits is approved by the district CSO. A health community worker is expected to spend at least one hour for a home visit and has to accomplish at least two (2) homes a day. The community health workers selected were trained during the SUFI Phase 1 execution and these persons are well identified, of good morality, reside within the community and exercise subsistence activities. The community health worker will receive 350 CFA for every home visited.
M. Bahel Alain of the Malaria Unit at the regional delegation for public health in the Littoral made a presentation of what malaria is. Malaria is a major problem in Cameroon and many children die from its infection. This affects the economy of Cameroon and the use of MILDA and TPI is encouraged. He remarked that 66% of homes in Cameroon received LLIN, but only 39% make use the nets. This means that LLIN usage did not give positive results during 2012-2013 period. Participants were told that a mosquito can displace itself for a distance of two kilometers from where its eggs were laid and hatched. Within the context of behaviour change communication, at least 80% of pregnant mothers would be convinced to go to health facilities to receive their TPI, while CSOs supervise the activities of the community health workers. It is recommended that communication must be adapted to the context of the environment and in the local languages appropriate. One of the channels to be used is educative talks and the next technique is counseling, which helps a person to take a well informed decision on matters concerning health. A good community health worker considered as a person with an appreciable attitude, is welcoming, respectable, polite, attentive to the reactions of the population, available at all moments, well organized, dynamic and courteous. A health worker should have a good base of communication and master the health issue in question, use simple language, get people to participate in the community health actions. He or she should assure the family head to make sure that the pregnant woman and children sleep under a LLIN, because it is valid for at least three years. Once a pregnant woman is discovered, she should be advised to visit a health facility for consultation and protection of herself from malaria after rapid diagnostic test. When a child’s temperature goes high, the child should be taken to the community health worker or the nearest health facility. To carry out a home visit, the community health worker makes an action plan of homes to be visited and get the plan validated by the SUFI CSO. On introduction into a home, he or she should greet the persons met and thank them for being available as a means to establish confidence and create a friendly environment for counseling.
Before leaving, the community health worker should ask questions to verify if the SUFI message was well understood and take an appointment for a next contact. CHW are reminded that In the case of counseling, such a meeting is with one or two persons, while a counseling session is at least 30 minutes. The CHW is paid based on the number of visits done by the end of a month. The CSO will have to verify the content of the message left in the home visited and that the message is positive. CSO has to identify the infringements and find ways of correcting situations found on the field. He has to guarantee that the message is given to the right persons or target. Make appointments and precise fix time for the appointment which permits good exchange. CSO are also charged to undertake advocacy campaigns with the support of the local authorities and community leaders. The two axes for advocacy include lobbying and negotiations. Lobbying will involve the SDOs, DOs, Mayors, religious leaders and the traditional leaders. During contacts, the CSO precise the type of support needed from the authority. He will always write a message of thanks to the persons who assisted y during the field work. The CSO should be able to identify the community health workers of the district, their names, place of residence, and date of birth. The CSO will accompany the community health worker to the area of territorial coverage zone to avoid double tasks in the same zone. CSO support CHW in the making up of their action plans. Every community health leader has to limit his work within the attributed zone. The community health leader has a report and action plan to submit each month. Organisation of SUFI Home Visit Tchana Eric after giving room for comments and exchanges, presented a paper on the house count., focusing on the objective for the home visits and head count, target homes, the usage of the house count cartography. The CSO have to master the strategy of house count. The home visits have to target the pregnant women and children below 5 years. The house count aims at determining the geographic area of the targets of the homes having pregnant women and children below 5 years. The specific objective is to collect information about the persons in the homes counted. The exact number of persons living in the home has to be recorded. The community health worker will be paid on the number of homes visited. A home is any place where people live under the same roof with a family head. In a polygamous home, each mother and her children constitute a target group. A home can be headed by a man or a woman depending on the marital status. The home visits permit better supervision of the territory and facilitates control of the work of community health agents, especially as it would be opportunity to sensitize the target groups within the homes. Traget house count is expected to last 10 days. The exercise will cost CFA 30,000 per community health worker. 50% of the amount is paid at the beginning and the rest at the end of the exercise on reception and verification of the reports. An identification number has to be attributed to homes visited in a way readable and visible manner like this example: SUFI/MN001/Initiales ASC/VAD 01/ 2014. Follow up and evaluation At the end of the SUFI CSO training, the participants were able to explain what monitoring, follow up and evaluation and data is. The have a mastery of the tools for collecting data and the frequency of reporting the data collected from the field. It was explained that a follow up is a routine collect system of data of a programme or project which permit verification of the progress of activities. Community health workers have the role to collect data from the field during home visits. Data is measurable like numbers, distances, age, while qualitative data concerns sex and colour. The SUFI report should be able to show how activities were carried out. Indicators are variable quantitative and qualitative data used for measuring the manner of the objectives and results. The performance framework determines the indicators to be realized. An indicator could be the percentage of visits undertaken in a home with the number of children below 5 years and pregnant women IEC and BCC were carried out. The percentage of community health workers supervised for a example is also an indicator. The percentage of reports produced by the CSO is also an indicator of performance. Reports should be promptly transferred to the field supervisor before the 5th of each month.The CHW activities realized must be conform to the action plan validated by CSO regularly and these community health workers must respect their zone attributed to avoid duplication of the same activities in the same health areas and zones. The two key documents for follow up and evaluation are the identification forms of the homes and the data collection sheets on BCC. The community health worker may cover more than one bloc and the precise information of health areas covered should be mention in the data collection sheet to make the output visible.
The target home code does not changes throughout the project and collected data at during home visits is registered on the data collection sheets as follows: SUFI/MN001/TE/VAD1/2014 and SUFI/MN001/TE/ASC/VAD1/2014. Community Health Workers are not authorized to treat pregnant women during home visits. His or her role is to counsel pregnant women and refer them to the nearest health facility to receive the TPI after checkup. During the home visit, the community health worker register information on the subjects discussed, which include MILDA (1), TPI (2) and PECADOM (3). He should say when the discussion started and when the discussion ended to permit evaluation of the duration which must be up to 30 minutes at each home. The report from the CSO is a compilation of the reports from the community health workers in a health district including a financial report and a supervision report. Community health worker must transmit his or her report to the CSO by the 30th of each month and the report must be transmitted to the regional field supervisor by the 5th of each month. The regional field supervisor sends his report to the central desk at Plan by the 10th of each month. CSO has to validate the report of the community health worker before payment. The number of homes must correspond to the number mentioned in the action plan submitted by the CHW from the beginning. How the community health worker is supervised Supervision is a technical assistance from a top level authority to a person working in an organization. There are three types of supervision: •Facilitating approach (coaching and joint resolution of problems and communication in both ways). •Training supervision (Follow up of community health worker on the field and correcting errors noted in delivery during execution on the field. •Integrated supervision: supervision with participation of other stakeholders of different programmes. •The techniques of supervision consist of direct observation and exchanges during contacts. There is also the analysis of documents presented by the community health worker. •Organisation of auto-evaluation and to make constructive criticism on the work realized by the community health worker. This is done in a team and constitutes an internal evaluation. •Role of supervisor is to oversee the work of the community health worker. The supervisor helps the community health worker to improve on his performance on the field. •The supervisor has to promote team work, should be available, flexible and has humility, be ready to help others to develop, should be honest, credible and impartial, have the aptitude of good communicator, be attentive and give efficient feedback, should be a good manager of identified problems and have an aptitude of planning activities and carrying out a supervision. •In order to prepare a supervision, the term of reference document should be elaborated, which defines the objective, establish a calendar of supervision with dates, hours and venues to be visited. Elaborate a budget for the supervision. •The community health worker has to establish a cartography of the health area covered. •Prepare a mission order and get it signed by the supervisor.

Cameroon Link Engaged in SUFI Phase 2 Project

By Helen Ayamba, camlink99@gmail.com
Cameroon Link has been engaged by Plan International Cameroon to participate in the coordination of the second phase of the Scaling Up of Malaria prevention for impact (SUFI) in the health district of Dibombari in the Littoral region of Cameroon. The collaboration agreement was signed on the 18th December 2013 in Douala during a regional training of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) selected. The representative of the regional coordinator of the Littoral Malaria Unit, M. Bahel Alain, who launched the training, called on the 20 participants of SUFI to follow up the training in a way to relay the key note messages and information collected smoothly while on the field during the execution phase. He announced that the second phase of SUFI will last for two years in December 2015. Key facilitators during the training were Mrs. Valerie Ahouama Etamba, IRESCO SUFI Project Coordinator, and Mr. Tchana Eric, the Zonal Field Supervisor of IRESCO, who will control and coach CSO throughout the execution phase. He gave the practical modalities and guided the participants to build up the norms and expectations after designating the minutes secretary and time keeper. Mrs. Valerie Ahouama Etamba, IRESCO SUFI Project Coordinator, spoke about the objectives and awaited results of the training to capacity CSOs on executing phase two of SUFI. The workshop which was basically interactive with the exchange of experiences during the first phase of SUFI Project, led to consensus on how to handle infringements while on the field, after discussing the differences between the two phases. The target groups of current SUFI Project coordinated by IRESCO in the Littoral and South West region are pregnant women and infants below 5 years.
For this reason, a pre-test was conducted to judge the level of knowledge of the participants on malaria generalities, before a lecture on behavior change communication and advocacy. The Zonal Field Supervisor emphasized on the home visits and the technique of identification of the target groups within the homes. A key role of the SUFI CSO will be to manage the Community Health Workers already selected in all the districts concerned and this will involve monitoring and evaluation at least twice every months.The third day of the training was dedicated to project financial management. The Project Accountant presented all the tools conceived to facilitate management and these tools were tested by the participants to evaluate the level of understanding their content.During the presentations, it was noted that access in some health areas is often difficult, especially during the rainy season when road network become very difficult though the short distances to cover. The funds put at the disposal of CSO are during this period not equivalent to the popular demands of the transporters.Valerie Ahouama Etamba, Project Coordinator, SUFI IRESCO presenting the objectives and outcomes of the workshop covered issues related to the context, general objectives, project structure; program approach; role of actors; rationale of the number of CHWs; criteria for selection of CHWs. She made it known that the general objective was to train the CSO on management of staff and finances of the project.
Mrs. Etamba observed that the Global Fund Round 9 Malaria component coming to the end of Phase I, raised a couple of key challenges in the area of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), financial management and program management/implementation. These gave rise for the need to check and make strategic modifications for the second phase, particularly in the program implementation structure, the target population and the reduction of the number of actors. SUFI phase 2 program will remain of national coverage and it will be implemented in the 10 regions of Cameroon targeting particularly the vulnerable groups made up of pregnant women and children less than five years. It will be recalled that the title of the Global Fund Round 9-Malaria Project being implemented in Cameroon is “Scaling Up Malaria Control for Impact in Cameroon 2011- 2015” and the goal is to contribute in the reduction of morbidity and mortality attributable to malaria by 50% by the end of 2015.
It is believed that if the actors play their roles well, an increase to at least 80% of the use of LLINs in the entire population and particularly among children under five and pregnant women will be achieved. The activities will raise to at least 80% IPT2 coverage among pregnant women; treatment according to the national malaria guidelines will increase to at least 80% of malaria cases at all levels; while all actors will have reinforced management capacity within the National Malaria Control Program. The strategies includes acquisition and distribution of LLIN to the general population; making available SP to pregnant women at ANC; purchase and supply of ACTs to health facilities; appropriate BCC (mass media and IPC) to promote adhesion to the various interventions; while monitoring and evaluation will be regular at grassroots.Pregnant women and children less than five years are vulnerable groups found in 52% of households of Cameroon. This means that there are 2,089,647 households representing a population of about 10,866,170 persons by the end of the project to be covered.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

UNICEF PLEDGES CONTINUED IYCF SUPPORT

By camlinknews Email: camlink99@gmail.com
H.E. Daouda Guindo, Representative of UNICEF pledged continued infant and young child feeding support during the official launching of the WBW 2013 celebration in Yaoundé. Speaking on behalf of UNICEF, Daouda Guindo, said it was a pleasure that his organization joined all the other actors in the celebration of the World Breastfeeding Week. It is an occasion during which everybody, supports, encourages and promotes breastfeeding. It creates an opportunity to make the impact of breastfeeding visible and gives the people of the world to highlight that support for child survival. The theme of this year which is linked to mother support, he added, aims at drawing the attention of the public to the importance of mother support by the fathers and to inform the community on the efficiency of the key messages and to unite forces to achieve goals.
It is also an opportunity to encourage advocates of breastfeeding irrespective of the level of the interventions, while identifying focal points that encourage lactating mothers. The UNICEF representative told the government of Cameroon that if we have to successfully fight against malnutrition, more funding and engagement is needed, because breastfeeding is a capital human investment. Breastfeeding is another way of poverty reduction and the elimination of malnutrition. Daouda Guindo recalled that the last demographic survey shows that breastfeeding rate in Cameroon is only 20% and this is caused by the early introduction of other liquids and solid foods before the recommended age of six months. This tendency can be reversed if the family, community, work place, health facility and government circles’ interventions are intensified. The interventions must cover the periods before and after birth of a baby.
Breastfeeding is simple and less costly. It is baby’s food that cannot be replaced. UNICEF has made a substantial contribution for wider community outreach by signing a collaboration convention with the Federation of Cameroon Breastfeeding Promotion Associations (FECABPA). The financial assistance is destined for information and education of mothers, fathers and youths within communities throughout Cameroon. Another area of investment is the organisation of a breastfeeding caravan in the northern regions to involve traditional leaders and other stake holders.
Activities of the World Breastfeeding Week in Cameroon were extended to the 8th November 2013 to permit the key messages of support to breastfeeding mothers to reach all levels of the communities. He concluded saying that UNICEF is sensitive to all inputs and actions in favour of breastfeeding, as he expressed gratitude to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, WABA.

Health Workers Called To Promote Breastfeeding

By camlinknews Email:camlink99@gmail.com
The representative of the minister of public health, Dr. Ondoa Mekongo, said the presence of WHO, UNICEF, Health workers, and civil society organisations at the official launching of the World Breastfeeding Week in Cameroon translates their engagement and love for the survival of children in Cameroon. He observed that the theme of this year’s celebration is an eye opener because only 2 out of 10 mothers breastfeed their babies within the first one hour after birth. 6 out of 10 mothers breastfeed their babies for the first time within the first 24 hours after delivery. Only 2 out 10 mothers breastfeed exclusively in the first six months after birth. This situation is preoccupying and calls for political action to reverse the tendency. If all mothers breastfed their babies normally, 1000.000 lives will be saved throughout the world. Breastfeeding encourages contact between the mother and the baby during several hours of the day and it is the best way for promotion of attachment. It helps the mother to express her natural love to the baby, laying the base for love relationship and confidence between the parent and the child.
The government of Cameroon has taken a number of actions to promote infant and young child feeding. These included the decree instituting the national code for regulating the marketing of breastmilk substitute, national infant and young child feeding policy, the decision to accord two breastfeeding hours for the working mother, just to name a few. This is proof of the government’s engagement to improve on the wellbeing, protection and human rights of child in Cameroon. Dr. Ondoa Mekongo recognized that these actions are realized with the support of international partners like WHO and UNICEF. However, he added, that much is still left to be realized in the area of breastfeeding and the nutrition of the young child in Cameroon. The current struggle is to increase breastfeeding rates and especially early initiation within the first one hour of the birth of a baby. The target is to increase breastfeeding rate to 50% by the year 2020.
He reminded health workers at all level of their specific roles for the achievement of the government’s objectives in relation to the promotion of optimal breastfeeding, the protection of expectant mothers and lactating mothers against marketing of breastmilk substitute influences that compromises well informed decisions of mothers. To achieve the objectives, the health workers have to be trained to be able to carry out the duties correctly and encourage mother to start early initiation of breastfeeding. Nurses should promote permanent contact between the mother and the baby at all moments during their stay in the health facility. Addressing the health civil society organisations, Dr. Ondoa Mekongo, encouraged members of FECABPA to remain united and prepare them to receive mothers within the community when they are discharged from the hospitals and clinic, so counseling can continue within the family and community circles.
The Cameroon government has put in place a new programme which is scaling up nutrition within global partnerships with international organisations from this year. The programme will include actions for the promotion of breastfeeding, fight against malnutrition, de-worming of children, fortification of foods at home through training of health workers and intensification of community level campaigns for social mobilization, information and sensitization. He ended by making a call for international support to the scaling up nutrition programme.

Welcome Address Of Prof. Angwafo During WBW 2013

By camlinknews Email: camlink99@gmail.com
Speaking on behalf of the staff of the hospital, he expressed gratitude for the choice of venue for the launching of the World Breastfeeding Week 2013 in Cameroon. He said, the regular visits and events testify the importance of the health facility. The Under Secretary General of the United Nations in charge of innovative funding visited the hospital ahead of the WBW 2013. Pr. Angwafo Fru III announced the theme of the event falls in line with the preoccupation of their conviction. The doctors, midwives and nurses planned sensitization and educative talks on the importance of breastfeeding, the techniques of breastfeeding, good start of complimentary feeding, neurologic development of the infant and prevention of malnutrition.
He thanked all the intervening actors who federated their actions to make the event a success. Special thanks went to UNICEF, ministry of public health and civil society health organisations present at the ceremony. He described the Gyneco-Pediatric health facility as a Baby Friendly Hospital, where all babies are given equal attention. The focus on the hospital is on the prevention of the transmission of HIV from the mother to the child and he wished that the celebration should not be seen as a punctual occasion only. He gives an opportunity to demonstrate the fact that breastfeeding protects babies for illnesses and permits excellent growth, while assuring stability of affection. Emphasizing on exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, Pr. Angwafo said, breastmilk is the ideal food for the new born. He encouraged mothers to continue breastfeeding after six months up to 24 months and beyond, while introducing appropriate well balanced complimentary foods. He reiterated that it is a recommendation of the World health organization and Cameroon’s ministry of public health.
Breastfeeding, the director general concluded is the best start for the fight against malnutrition of infants, as he announced that all babies born in the hospital are breastfed.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

FECABPA Fait Le Bilan - SMAM 2013

Discours de Président de la Fédération Camerounaise des Associations pour la Promotion de l’allaitement Maternel,(FECABPA), James Achanyi-Fontem, à la cérémonie du lancement de la SMAM 2013 au Cameroun à Yaoundé, le 8 Novembre, 2013 La BMAM est partir, les hommes sont passes et les parole restent... Voici ceque le président de la FECABPA et Directeur Exécutive de Cameroon Link a observé pendant le lancement de la SMAM. Ce blog va presenter tous les declarations des acteurs.
Excellence, M. Le Ministre de la Santé Publique, Honorable Invités, Messieurs et Mesdames, C’est un honneur pour moi de prendre la parole ici à HGOPY au nom de la Fédération Camerounaise des Associations pour la Promotion de l’Allaitement Maternel (FECABPA), à l’occasion de la cérémonie officielle marquant le lancement de la 21ième édition de la SMAM. C’est grand jour est l’opportunité d’évaluer les activités depuis 2012, d’échanger les informations et de planifier des activités pour l’avenir. Excellence, Monsieur le Ministre de la Santé Publique, la FECABPA en profite pour remercier l’ensemble des acteurs qui ont pendant les douze mois passées, facilité la mission de notre réseau qui intervienne dans le secteur de la santé en milieu communautaire. Considérant que la FECABPA fait partir du Groupe de Travail d’Hommes de WABA pour le soutien aux mères (WABA Men’s Working Group) et que c’est le Cameroun qui tient la place de leadership du Groupe Mondiale, nous avons participés à la conférence mondiale de l’allaitement maternel qui se tenue à New Delhi en l’Inde du 6 au 9 décembre 2012. Le Bureau du Réseau IBFAN Africa en Swaziland nous soutenu pendant cette participation après le passage de la Coordinatrice Régionale, Mme Joyce Chanetsa, au Cameroun pour l’évaluation de la tendance de l’allaitement maternel au Cameroun.
Depuis la première et deuxième évaluation de la tendance de l’allaitement maternel effectuée au Cameroun en 2009 et 2012, il y a eu une grande évolution : le Ministère de la Santé Publique a mise en œuvre des stratégies qui vise à décentraliser la gestion des activités et à y impliquer tous les partenaires et acteurs de tous les secteurs pour l’atteinte des Objectifs Millénaire de Développement (OMD 4 et 5) pour la réduction de la mortalité infantile. Pendant 21 ans, le Cameroun a participé à la Semaine Mondiale de l’allaitement Maternel comme tous les autres 172 pays à travers le monde entier; et le Cameroun fait partie des 45 pays qui ont évalué la tendance de la nutrition infantile et de l’allaitement maternel, entre 2009 et 2012; Nous notons aussi, Excellence, que le Cameroun est l’un des premiers pays à avoir un code national pour la protection de l’allaitement maternel depuis 2005 et ce code est l’outil qui régularise la commercialisation des substituts du lait maternel dans un pays. Nous profitons de l’opportunité pour remercier l’UNICEF d’avoir reproduit 10.000 exemplaires de notre code cette année. Ceci démontre l’intérêt et l’importance que le Cameroun accorde à cet évènement qui se tient aujourd’hui. La FECABPA opte pour un dialogue constructive pour amener les acteurs a adoptés un changement de comportement en faveur de l’allaitement maternel. Nous collaborons avec les différentes intervenants pour développer les nouvelles stratégies pour la réussite d’un bon allaitement par les mères en ce moment que le pourcentage reste faible. Les chiffres nous interpelle de prendre le temps de faire un regard aux années qui viennent de passé, confirmer les engagements à utiliser les différentes techniques de mobilisation sociale et les différentes approches adaptées au contexte du Cameroun pour sensibiliser nos mères, pères et jeunes.
Le rapport de la première conférence mondiale de l’allaitement en l’Inde a été partagé avec le ministère de la sante publique, UNICEF et autre intervenants. Pour l’avenir, la FECABPA va renforcer l’utilisation des outils et de canaux efficaces tels que les groupes de soutien des mères, les groupes des soutiens des pères et jeunes pour transmettre les bon messages de la nutrition de nos enfants. Les causeries éducatives sont organisées sur la bonne alimentation de nos enfants. 44 associations et plus de cinquante radios communautaires sont impliqués cette année avec l’appui du Ministère de la sante publique, l’OMS, UNICEF, WABA, IBFAN et autres. His Excellency, Our Esteemed and respected Minister of Public Health, FECABPA would like to use this opportunity to express its thanks and gratitude for all the wonderful changes made with the strong involvement of FECABPA in the piloting of community outreach activities throughout Cameroon from this year. Our members have requested that in my capacity as president of our network, I should express their sincere thanks and gratitude to you and your entire governance team. This translates the confidence the government attaches to mutual collaboration and responsible action for the promotion of the wellbeing of our communities. In 2012, we reached over 42.000 mothers through interactive community radio programming and the good news is that, we have been invited to attend the 7th Pan Commonwealth of Learning Forum (PCF7) in Abuja, Nigeria from the 2nd – 6th December , 2013. We would like to appeal to His Excellency, Minister of Public Health, to support the participation of FECABPA at the next African Regional Conference of IBFAN scheduled in Kampala, Uganda in August 2014. IBFAN Africa has made a call for greater involvement of youths in the breastfeeding movement, following the regular increase of teen mothers in our societies today, and Cameroon has to do something with the youths.
Community radio story design programming on mother and child health care in Cameroon has intensified, youths and the handicapped are having their voices heard in different programmes, because they too can make a difference. His Excellency, the Minister of Public Health, with this, we pledge to continue to serve within the rules and regulations put in place by the government through your ministry. We thank the ministry of public health, WHO, UNICEF, WABA, the Commonwealth of Learning, IBFAN, Nutrition Institute of Africa for the continued support, for us to play our role in promoting mother and child health care in Cameroon. Have a nice celebration and Thanks for listening.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

UNICEF Trains Journalists on IYCF Reporting

Helem Ayamba, CAMLINK News Email: camlink99@gmail.com
Some 25 Cameroon journalists and Foreign news correspondents attended a one-day workshop on health reporting focused breastfeeding, infant and young child feeding, hygiene and sanitation. The workshop was coordinated by the head of the UNICEF Communication Unit, Laure Bassek. She was accompanied by Dr. Jeanne Ejigui, who coordinates Young Child Protection activities at UNICEF Cameroon, Claire Soppo of UNICEF C4D unit and two senior health techincians from the health promotion department of the ministry of public health, Mahop Esther and Mahamat Ngede Marlyse. Presentations centred on briefing of journalists on the theme of the World Breastfeeding Week 2013 theme focused on breastfeeding support, close to mothers. The received a run down on why the breastfeeding week is celebrated each year, the value and relevance of the theme this year with insistence of exclusive breastfeeding considering that the rate remains around 20% since 2006. The connection of mothers’ nutrition and breastfeeding, principal activities organised in Cameroon with a breastfeeding caravan taking off on the 18th November to the 4th December covering four regions of Cameroon, East, Adamaoua, North and Far North concluded the training sessions. These regions of Cameroon have acute maternal and infant nutrition problems of different categories. Claire Soppo to participants at the workshop that the caravan with focus on the involvement of the tradition leaders, administrative authorities, nutrition NGOs and health delivery agents on the challenges of malnutrition promotion in Cameroon and the best practices. The reasons for involving the traditional leaders, Claire Soppo explained, is because they understand the culture of their communities, they are care takers of the traditions that influence political decisions that lead to behaviour change of populations. The traditional leaders have the power od persuasion of the communities and have the support of the populations. The participants will be guided during the caravn on the advantages of adaptation of essential family positive practices, mobilise proximity community radios to produce at least three programmes with the participation of all the stakeholders mentioned above as a community learning process.
The local authorities will be sensitised on how to prevention malnutrition within their jurisdictions through the promotion of good practice, hygiene and sanitation. At the end of the caravan, each traditional leader, administrative authority, senator, parliamentarian, municipal councillor and leader of civil society organisation would be required to mobilise the population at different levels to get involved and adopt good practices through special interventions. In a presentation prepared by Dr. Jeanne Ejigui, it was said that the world breastfeeding week is an opportunity to support mothers to practice optimal breastfeeding of their babies. It is also an opportunity to furnish peer educators with appropriate relevant information on the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. The key messages from UNICEF were shared with the journalists before an exciting and very instructive session on the the national code on the marketing of breastmilk substitutes in Cameroon. The journalists laude the effort of the government through the ministry of public for putting a place a national code which could serve as a tool for monitoring trends, The same journalists regretted that the Cameroon national code is toothless and needs to be improved on. On violations, it was observed that rampant incidents have been reported but unfortunately, Cameroon lacks a monitoring institution that could report violations and even follow up infringements in court. As a final observation, it was recommended that Cameroon is a bilingual country and needs to publish an English version of the national code when the contradictory articles would have been revised and a ministerial order of application signed and published.
In a concluding remark, the President of the Federation of Cameroon Breastfeeding Promotion Associations, FECABPA, James Achanyi-Fontem lauded the openness of the participants in highlighted witnesses in the Cameroon government strategy, while requesting that they should not loss hope, because change is a gradual process. He called on the journalists to become the market watch dogs and paly the role of code monitors, because the government and formulae productions companies have humane staff composed of fathers and mothers also. He ended by telling the journalists that exclusive breastfeeding is a child right which must be respected by mothers. The workshop was inscribed as part of the activity sheet of the Federation of Cameroon Breastfeeding Promotion Associations, FECABPA. After the training, a last tripartite session grouping top level authorities of the ministry of public health, UNICEF and FECABPA administrative council was organised to exchange on the platform of collaboration.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Farm Radio Cameroon Joins African Farmers’ Forum

By Farm Radio Cameroon Email: camlink99@gmail.com
The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) coordinated by Dr. Fatima Denton, organized the Third Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III) at the UNECA Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 21 – 23 October, 2013. The Conference is organized each year under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme. ClimDev-Africa is a consortium of key African development institutions including the United Nations Economic Commission (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and African Development Bank (AfDB). The theme of this year’s Conference was: Africa on the rise: Can the opportunities from climate change spring the continent to transformative development? Africa’s economic progress since the start of the 21st century has been on a positive trajectory, underscoring the huge potential that the continent has to improve the welfare of its populations and lift millions out of poverty. At the macro level, many African countries have embarked on conscious economic and political transformation and are implementing strategies and programmes aimed at promoting economic growth, poverty reduction and general improvement of citizens’ welfare. However, sustaining the momentum requires African countries to studiously confront a number of challenges. The Conference addressed five sub - themes that aimed to share experiences and disseminate research results and assess how Africa is coping with impacts of climate change. It also discussed ways of strengthening Africa’s ability to take opportunities from climate change to better prepare the continent for transformative development. The sub-themes under which the objectives were discussed included: • Climate science, data and services for Africa’s adaptation and mitigation • The role of policy in building Africa’s resilience to climate change impacts • Climate Finance: what are the unexplored options? • Is the concept of green economy relevant for Africa? What are the opportunities? And • Is the global climate change framework working for Africa? The African Climate Policy Centre invited researchers, scientists, policy makers and practitioners. The Focal Point for Farm Radio International Cameroon, James Achanyi-Fontem, attended the conference to submit original research evidence on key issues related to the work of smallholder farmers in Cameroon. The pre-conference event brought together stakeholder involved in the promotion of smallholder farmers’ livelihoods from Benin, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria.
The African Farmers Forum during the 3rd Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA -III) representing farmers in Agricultural sectors in Africa, discussed Crop Farming, Fisheries, Livestock, Forestry etc) on the 19th& 20th Oct, 2013 and unanimously agreed on a call for action by the organizers of the Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa, governments and other stakeholders. The call emphasized on the following: • That the UNECA/ACPC should facilitate the formation of an African Farmers Permanent Forum for Dialogue on Climate Change and Development in Africa (AFPF-DCCDA) by using the existing representatives of the African Farmers present at the conference as starting point. • That there is need to enhance the knowledge, management and capacities of smallholder farmers to use both local and social media in understanding and addressing the climate change challenges within their communities and regions. • That there is need for collaboration between UNECA/ACPC, AUC, AFDB and other stakeholders of climate change and development policies in Africa, to facilitate and create a support mechanism for the promotion of projects on Youths’ Involvement and Occupational Activities in Climate Change and Development in Africa (YIOA-CCDA). • Training and support programs should be implemented for rural smallholder farmers and fishing communities on vulnerabilities and protection in cases of disasters, so that communities are better organized to respond to emergencies, to protect and rehabilitate rural, coastal and inland areas prone to floods or reduction of water levels. • Industries should take responsibility for compensating farmers on the damages caused directly or indirectly through pollution by their activities in the environment, creating global warming. • Governments should formulate policies and institutional frameworks for disaster mitigation and adaptation to climate change for the small scales farmers in Africa. • Re-forestation of deforested areas should be incorporated into better post-harvest processing and programs created to ensure re-planting of trees, from which wood is used in drying and smoking fish in some regions as a long term project of cyclical replanting. • That action should be taken to safeguard the waters of the Lake Chad Basin and other disappearing lakes in Africa, as this in turn will contribute to maintaining biological diversity, income sustaining, livelihoods improvement and food security in Africa. • For the maintenance of a healthy resilience ecosystem, mangroves, dunes and coastal lagoons, which provides protection of the coast and river banks from erosion and effects of floods should be rehabilitated.
The farmers’ forum finally called on participants at the conference to facilitate restitution sessions in their respective countries on the relevant issues regarding climate change and development discussed by the over 700 delegates. During the plenary sessions, the UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Dr. Carlos Lopes, tried to answer the question about how Climate Change can spring Africa’s Transformative development, while H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Diamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African union Commission affirmed that Africa is on the Rise with concrete examples. The key messages from the Climate Financing sub-working group are that: • various funds have been established to support climate financing in developing countries, • The need for climate financing by developing countries is greater than the funding currently available, • Developing countries desire more control over access and use of funds and that the Green Climate Fund is promising, assuming significant finance passes through the ClimDev Africa mechanism. The challenges, opportunities and recommendations of Climate Change and Water in Africa received a lot of attention, as it was made clear that many vital water resources in the continent are already under pressure. Climate change plus population increase is adding to the pressure on Africa’s water resources, while a wide variety of options exist to help Africa adapt its water management systems to a changing climate. The key message was that integrated water resources management is the key to effective and efficient management of water resources. It was noted that observing networks in Africa have been deteriorating and need to be improved. On the other hand, participants made the call for rescuing and using historical data, which are of great value for analyzing climate situations on the continent.
The African Climate Policy Centre, ACPC, which is an initiative of the UN Economic Commission for Africa has a key role to play in facilitating improvements in Africa’s climate observing. Some observations from participants: • Africa needs its own research to inform appropriate positions to "sing their own songs" at the climate change negotiations • Dr. Carlos Lopes was honoured to meet with H.E. Mary Robinson on #climatejustice & receive a copy of the Climate Justice Declaration • It was a prime opportunity to showcase groundswell of gvt, biz & civil society action to underpin 2015 agreement http:// • "There are 3 areas that need attention, equity in achieving objectives of the convention as no. 1. "Equity must be seen as multi-dimensional in order to achieve #climatejustice #CCDA • Mr. Augustine from Cameroon presented the need of having a protocol that demand compliance from member states, achieving #climatejustice • "Allow appropriate technology and stop the introduction of technology that has more harm than good" - Ms. Annabel on #climatejustice • "It has become a trade discussion rather than an attempt to save the future." - Mrs. Mary Robinson comment at the Pre #CCDA on #climatejustice • "The big question lies in who is going to do what?" Mr. Xolisa's comment on #climatejustice in the Pre #CCDA meeting • Focus should be on capacity building of people in developing countries in view of new technology to reduce effects of climate change #climatejustice • The establishment of eco schools and eco clubs that inform the youth and the next generation in issues of climate change is necessary. • Ms. Annable Waititu said, The campaign to empower women to become active in the adaptation and climate change issues has been fruitful. • "We need full participation of both the youth and indigenous people to present a strong case." Ms. Aeshatou pic.twitter.com/mWRJPfyAO8 • "Only 10% of women own land in Kenya, thus not many have access to credit facilities." Ms. Waititu Annabel Farm Radio and Cameroon Link use this opportunity to send kind regards to Thierry Amoussougbo of the ACPC office who facilitated the Youths and farmers working groups in the management of issues during side events discussions. For more information, click on the following links - http://youtu.be/J1oYTaa9xsY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1oYTaa9xsY&feature=youtu.be

Friday, August 30, 2013

Wellbeing – The Practice of Living

By James Achanyi-Fontem,Camlink99@gmail.com
A high light of the first ever Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, English Convention in Cameroon was a lecture on the theme “Wellbeing, the Practice of Living” delivered by Kenneth Idiodi, Grand Administrator for English Speaking West Africa. Before starting his presentation, Fr. Kenneth Idiodi said, they were very happy, excited and honoured to be in Cameroon with Rosicrucian members. He recalled his last visit to Cameroon around the 1970s when he was Grand Councillor for Nigeria and Cameroon. This means that he is not new to the people of Limbe, Buea and Yaoundé, he just visited again. According to Fr. Kenneth Idiodi, visiting Cameroon is always unique and particular. He called that Yaounde was described as the City of Seven Hills and added that seven is very mystical. With this, he greeted the Colombes and went on to say, they came to Cameroon to keep the flag of the Rosy Cross flying.
He lauded the peace and harmony that reigns amongst Rosicrucians in Cameroon, which they witnessed and felt. In effect, those members met live and promote the principles of the organisation, especially as they all felt at home during their visits to Buea, Douala and Yaoundé. He told AMORC members that August is a special month for him, because he father was born in August and he joined the Rosicrucian Order in August 1965. He met the wife for the first time on the 20th August 1970 at 08h30 p.m. during a conclave in Lagos, Nigeria and they have remained united until now. It is with the sweet story about his life that he shared a couple of harmonium songs for wellbeing with convention members.
Chanting creates a state of wellbeing. He took the opportunity to express gratitude to Fr. Sven Johansson, the Grand Master of the English jurisdiction for laying a solid foundation of the convention with his presentation of the theory of wellbeing, in which he elaborated on the history of creation, tips on imagination, concentration, meditation, Karma, the Law of Compensation and so on. Discussing wellbeing, the practice of living, he said is like a journey of climbing a mountain to the summit. He said, God has made man sufficiently strong to stand, but free to fall. When a man falls, he should understand that it is normal to fall, especially when we can get back on our feet. It becomes a problem when man falls and cannot get up. When a man falls and gets up and continues to climb the mountain, he will one day reach the summit, which is harmonium.
He described wellbeing as the attainment of health, happiness and peace, which are the most worthy goals of the aspiration of a Rosicrucian. In effect, all human beings vibrate and this vibrations lead to the awareness of our consciousness. It from this point, that Fr. Kenneth Idiodi dwelt on the physical wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, mental wellbeing and spiritual wellbeing. Our work, our businesses, our finances, our homes, our marriages and other issues could be challenges to attaining our wellbeing. For more information, click on www.amorc.org

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cameroon Link CSO Organisational Capacity Evaluated

Helen Ayamba, camlink99@gmail.com
In view of ameliorating the performance of Cameroon Link organisational capacity within the framework of Scaling-up Malaria control for impact in Cameroon during the second phase, an independent consultant from Ets Ndzana et Frères in Yaoundé, Nke Rosine Madeleine, visited CAMLINK civil society organisation (CSO) in Bonaberi-Douala on the 26th August, 2013. Ets Ndzana & Frères in Yaoundé was hired to carry out the investigation in Bonassama and other health districts of the Littoral region. Ms. Nke Rosine Madeleine introducing her mission, said the activity conferred by Plan International Cameroon was to verify the physical existence of the civil society organisations, visibility of their reputation through existing human, material and financial resources available for collaboration as a SUFI partner. On the area of interest of Cameroon Link, it was recorded that mother and child health care promotion and protection stands as a priority. The Executive Director of Cameroon Link, James Achanyi-Fontem, informed Ms. Nke Rosine Madeleine that as a capacity building and rights advocacy organisation, it is affiliated to a good number of international networks like the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), Farm Radio International (FRI) and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). Cameroon Link coordinates the activities of the Federation of Cameroon Breastfeeding Promotion Associations (FECABPA). It also pilots the Cameroon Association of Broadcasters (CAB) whose mission is to promote open distance learning through story design programming with support from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Farm Radio International (FRI). While COL is interested in the promotion of healthy community with the participation of development organisations, health experts and the project beneficiaries who are in most cases women, FRI targets the promotion of wellbeing of smallholder farmers. The executive director of Cameroon Link assured the investigator that Cameroon Link is a visible non-profit and non-governmental organisation with no political inclination and does not work with any organisation or groups that promotes violence. On how Cameroon Link recruits its staff, it was noted that this is based on the level of education required and the capacity of the individual to perform well and deliver the services. There are two categories of staff, permanent and volunteer staff. The volunteer staffs are considered as temporary workers recruited to deliver prompt services within short contract period. Cameroon Link promotes gender equality at all levels of its activities and guarantees that persons involved in the delivery of services are compensated. A performance evaluation is done every six months to be able to identify gaps and correct weaknesses. Staff with high performance is motivated. The cycle of Cameroon Link projects fall within the range of three to five years. Strategic plans are proposed by members of the executive bureau to the general assembly annually. The assembly adopts and validates the activity sheet before take-off of any cycle of activities. At the end of the exchange meeting at Cameroon Link, the consultant of Plan Cameroon, Nke Rosine expressed gratitude for the openness during the investigation. She observed that the output of the organisation is visible and positive. She later left for Manoka Island to continue her mission. In her words, “I am delighted to discover that there are excellent, viable and performing civil society organisations in Cameroon.

Fr. Sven Johansson Calls For Adherence To Natural Laws

By James Achanyi-Fontem, camlink99@gmail.com
The Worthy Grand Master of the English Language Jurisdiction of the Ancient Mystical Order of the Rosae Crucis, AMORC, for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Fr. Sven Johansson end a work visit to Cameroon on the 25th August 2013 after presided over the first AMORC English Convention in Yaoundé under the theme, “Wellbeing – Theory and Practice of Living”. He was accompanied during the convention by Nigerian born Kenneth Idiodi, the Grand Administrator for English Speaking West Africa and a power delegation of Regional Monitors in Cameroon and Nigeria. The convention started with the singing of AMORC anthem and short welcome address by the Regional Monitor for Kumba, Cameroon, Fr. Achou Mathias, who said, there was all hope that before Sven Johanssen and Kenneth Idiodi left the country, the mystical note brought by them will regenerate mysticism throughout Cameroon. Fr. Sven Johanssen said, it was real honour to be in Cameroon for the first time of his life. He was delighted to see what members in Buea, Douala and Yaoundé are doing to keep the flame of AMORC burning. He mentioned that the work of the Rosicrucian Order is spread around the world in 19 international languages.
All members work for the development of wellbeing for themselves, their families and the whole country. Peace, harmony and good will is what members of the order gather in one place to seek. He made it known that all humanity is composed of distant cousins in a biological and genetic sense. Wellbeing is something everybody is seeking for through great health, great thoughts, close relationships, happiness, mental health, financial stability, freedom from economic hardship, learning to support one’s nation aqnd seeking spiritual God day to day.
Striving for wellbeing is always a challenge and it does not come without effort. All creatures seek wellbeing whether we like it or not. He recalled the gospel and reminded participants at the convention, that “In the beginning, God created Heaven and Earth.” The world was void without form and God said, “Let there be light”. This story of creation is only one out of many, many others about the enesis of our existence. One would ask what this has to do with wellbeing. Whether we like it or not we seek reason to believe the story. Wellbeing requires stability which comes from confidence. AMORC members determine for themselves what they want to be through the study of their monographs. For more information, click on http://camlinknews.blogspot.com/2013/08/cameroon-hosts-first-amorc-english_1783.html; http://camlinknews.blogspot.com/2013/08/plotinus-lodge-tdi-team-installed.html

Plotinus Lodge TDI Team Installed

By James Achanyi-Fontem, Email: camlink99@gmail.com
One of the key actions taken during the official visit of Fr. Sven Johansson, the Worthy Grand Master of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, in Cameroon was the installation of the Temple Degree Initiation (TDI) Team for the English language community. This event took place at the Plotinus Lodge in Bonaberi-Douala after a brief visit to Hermes Chapter in Buea, South West region of Cameroon to appreciate the work of the Rosicrucian members in that part of the country on the 22nd August, 2013. The Grand Master was accompanied by the Grand Administrator for English Speaking West Africa. During the TDI team installation ceremony, the AMORC Grand Councillor for the Cameroon English Community, Fr. Julius Nso Nso, delivered a message on the theme, “Purification”. He started by presenting the sincere thanks and gratitude of the Plotinus Lodge Members for the extension of the programme of the Cameroon AMORC Convention to include visits to Buea and Douala to appreciate the noble course to serve humanity. Naturally, the Grand Master would have concentrated his attention only on the convention in Yaoundé, but visits to Buea and Douala were squeezed into the agenda of the official visit to Cameroon.
Talking about purification, he dwelled on the definition and history of purification mystical purification, its purpose and teaching of different processes of purification using different tools like water, fire, earth, music symbols just to name a few. He quoted the purification of water as an example of natural activity, while encouraging members to purify their environment for healthy living. The purpose of purification is to attune the human body to the natural laws.
For the achievement of any mystical action, purification is necessary because it attunes us with God. This helps us face our inner selves to understand the realities of life. The history of purification dates as far back as ancient times and its interpretation has changed with time including the period of the Atlantis generation. Since then, purification has been a continuous process by humanity. In the Rosicrucian teaching, fire is a symbol of purity and this leads to a pure way of life, pure resolution, pure efforts to achieve goals, pure speech, pure observation and you can name the others. It should be noted that man is a dual being with a physical and spiritual entity which is the soul. Each part of the human being has its special method of purification with water, fire, air and earth. Good eating, good thinking and good breathe enhance better results from the use of the above ingredients nature has given us. The drinking of magnetized water symbolically purifies our body.
The installation ritual ceremony was attended by a powerful delegation from the Nigeria AMORC jurisdiction. In the concluding remarks by Sven Johansson, the 20-man strong team was cautioned to continue to serve humanity generously with purity, honesty and sincerity in line with the regulations of the Rosicrucian Order. Plotinus is a Greek philosopher of about the secondary A.D. and father of the Neoplatonic School, that expounded a doctrine of emanation. The doctrine was centred on the divine power and light emanated downward like rays from the sun. For more information, click on www.amorc.org

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cameroon Hosted First AMORC English Convention

By James Achanyi-Fontem, Email:camlink99@gmail.com The Worthy Grand Master of the English language Jurisdiction of the Ancient Mystical Order of the Rose Cross, AMORC, for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Sven Johansson, undertook a work visit to Cameroon from the 22nd – 25th August, 2013.
During the stay of Sven Johansson in Cameroon, he held meetings in Buea, Douala before presiding over the first ever Cameroon English Rosicrucian Convention at the Yaoundé Congress Hall on the 24th and 25th August, 2013 under the theme: “Wellbeing – The Theory and Practice of Living.” Sven Johansson was accompanied during the trip to Cameroon by Nigerian born Kenneth Idiodi, who is the Grand Administrator for English Speaking West Africa. The English Grand Lodge of AMORC covers English speaking people residing in Europe, Russia, the states of the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa, West Indian Ocean & South Atlantic Islands. Some 300 delegates attended the convention in Cameroon.
Within the theme of the convention, it would be noted that we all have within us an independent kernel of sentience and wisdom..., greater, more developed, more majestic and mature than anyone of us ever imagined possible. Used wisely, it leads us to ever greater expressions of the qualities we long for the most. These qualities consist of greater personal freedom, enhanced mental mobility, refinement of character, a more mature emotional and moral nature, elevated levels of consciousness and creativity, more exacting standards of personal discipline, a more penetrating understanding of the things we are working with, a more forgiving and compassionate nature, deeper and more permanent relationships, personal success in all endeavours we really care about, and finally one day..., a deep, indwelling sense of peace and tranquility, regardless of the outer conditions in which we live. When the human being’s innate wisdom is used incorrectly, or is abused in the pursuit of degrading purposes, the person becomes like so many people in our sorry world today feeling..., unhappy, unfulfilled, lacking in focus, distracted by ephemeral wants rather than fundamental needs, not understanding why they have so many unpleasant setbacks, and generally falling short of many of the good, wholesome things people truly aspire to. It would be noted that, very often the wisdom that most people seem pre-programmed with from birth, remains hidden and undiscovered throughout their life. This is hidden by the turmoil and distractions of worldly existence, unhappy relationships and financial worries, and shielded from discovery by the frantic pace of life. If only more people knew what they were missing..., what immense creativity, happiness and achievements they would see! Wellbeing is just one of the questions about life. Have you ever asked yourself questions like: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose in life? In fact, is there even a purpose?
Most people have pondered such existential questions at one time or other, but few have found answers they can really believe. Most answers we hear nowadays are not credible, not reasonable, not rational. If they aren't couched in fundamentalist religious terms, they are usually out of the book of alien conspiracy theories. So it is understandable that few people care about such existential issues. Who after all has the time nowadays to ponder such things? Does it really matter whether we know the answers or not? For seekers of spiritual enlightenment, it certainly does..., and answers often come to them in moments of quietude as inspiring thoughts seemingly originating within themselves. Their conclusions may not be the final answer, but they are rational and believable; and for the remainder of their lives they carry their conclusions and the rationales behind them as anchor points to which they return again and again. And this is precisely what Rosicrucians do..., and wish many others could do too. For the really hard questions, those that are almost too hard to even ask, the honest response is and always has been silence..., no response. Silence is all we get when we ask questions we cannot adequately formulate meaningful answers. Silence has always been the most accurate answer we get to questions relating to who or what we actually are, for it is ultimately the deepest of all questions there is. The reality of our existence is one thing, and we all have our views on this; but the actuality of what we are, where this "thinking thing that is me" originates, where it is destined to go, and what it is supposed to be doing in life..., such questions can only be answered in part only, and the answers come to us usually only during periods of calmness and genuine inner silence. This too, Rosicrucians seek to teach. It is during the calmness and serenity of that inner silence that we can gain an appreciation of the true form of all existence, and ultimately learn how to ask the questions that really count. Full and final answers are seldom received, but partial answers that profoundly change our lives for the better and expand our appreciation of life and our place in it..., these will come regularly throughout life from then on. Realistically, it is only in moments of true inner silence that we learn how to connect with the boundless wisdom we already possess. Most of the time, it is hidden and out of reach to our outer self; yet it is already highly refined and merely waiting for a way to be put to good use. Every person has the innate ability to find their own deeply satisfying extraordinary answers to all questions they can formulate. Very few persons, however, know how to accomplish this. What is needed is a workable method of tapping into that personal innate wisdom, connecting with the deepest part of one's being..., and that is what Rosicrucians do for themselves, and teach others to do when sincerely asked. Mastering such methods requires a tried and tested system of inner development, and this is what the Rosicrucian Order provides for anyone truly. AMORC is well implanted worldwide with jurisidictions as follows: Croatian,Czech,Danish,Dutch,English (Americas),English (Australasia), English (Europe, M/East & Africa), Finnish,French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Americas excluded), Spanish (Americas only), Swedish Here is the full agenda of the first ever Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, English Convention in Cameroon
AMORC Cameroon Convention Agenda (22nd – 25th August, 2013) 22nd August – Hermes Chapter Buea 10.00 -11.45 Visit to Hermes Chapter Premises 12.05 -12.30 Council of Solace attunement Plotinus Lodge Douala, Bonaberi 4 Etages 19.00 -21.00 Convocation & Special Ritual Installation of the Temple Degree Initiation Team 23rd August 2013 16.00 16.45 Visit AMORC Domain in Yaoundé 17.30 -18.00 Preparation of Temple for the General Conventicle 18.15 -20.00 TMO General Conventicle 24th August 2013 Congress Hall Yaoundé 08.00 – 08.30 Registration 09.00 – 09.25 opening Ceremony 09.25 -10.20 “Wellbeing: The Theory of Living” (Part 1) 10.20 -10.30 Break 10.30 -11.25 “Wellbeing: The Theory of Living” (Part 2) 11.25- 12.05 Break& Temple Preparation for Council of Solace 12.05 -12.30 Council of Solace attunement 12.30 -14.00 Break 14.00 -14.55 “Wellbeing, The Practice of Living” (Part 1) 14.55 – 15.05 Break 15.05 -16.00 “Wellbeing, The Practice of Living” (Part 2) 16.00 -17.10 Break 17.10 -18.50 Pronaos Convocation 18.50 -21.00 Members meet to fraternise (Hall is closed) 25th August 2013 Congress Hall Yaoundé 08.00 -08.50 Registration 09.00 -10.40 Lodge Convocation 10.40 .12.05 Preparation for Council of Solace 12.05 -12.30 Council of Solace attunement 12.30 -13.10 Break 13.15 -13.45 R C Forum with members 13.45 -14.00 Closing remarks by Grand Councillor, Grand Administrator & GM End of Convention For more information, send a mail to : amorcencam@yahoo.com or call: +237 79022106

Sunday, August 4, 2013

CAMLINK Radio Gets Zoom Recorder from FRI Board Member

Helen Ayamba, camlink radio, Email: camlink99@gmail.com
CAMLINK Radio received a Zoom Recorder donated by FRI Board Member, Jacqueline Toupin to support the work realized within an on-going strategic partnership.. The donation was made during a courtesy visit to the FRI Cameroon Focal Point in Bonaberi-Douala tofind out for herself the impact of Farm Radio services to the Cameroon rural populations, and especially smallholder farmers. She discussed possibilities of a joint venture for capacity building of staff of the Central Africa Community Radio Network (RERAC) coordinated by Eva Mouzong from Yaoundé and rural radio stations serving the indigenous pygmy communities in the east region of Cameroon.. She reminded the Farm Radio Media Broadcast Liaison officer, Cooh Odette Behn that she should fully engage and inform farmers through radio and ICTs like the Farm Radio regional offices in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Mali. She added that with funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI), Farm Radio is directly implementing and evaluating a variety of innovative approaches in the above countries.
Addressing coordinators of RERAC and the Model Forest Project, Jacqueline Toupin said, consistent with the commitment to empower smallholder farmers to achieve their farming and food security dreams, Farm Radio can offer agriculture initiatives that pay through communicating with them. FRI Cameroon was encouraged to continue to promote participatory radio campaigns (PRC) during its field monitoring exercises. PRC is a planned radio based activity conducted over a specific period of time, between four to 6 months, during which a broad population of farmers is encouraged to make an informed decision about adopting a specific improvement selected by their pairs, based on the best available information, to improve food security of the farmers’ families. The Farm Radio Board member shared information on the 75 ways to fix a farmer program and agriculture radio that works. Handing over the Zoom Recorder, she said, there is no doubt that Cameroon Link understands the importance of voice quality and that the tool will facilitate the work and expand Farm Radio achievements in Cameroon in the interest of smallholder farmers. From Cameroon Link, Jacquie travelled to Kribi in the south of Cameroon to visit Beach FM. The visit to encourage FRI Cameroon Link partnership efforts was appreciated by the entire team of the organisation.