2 Ways We Bridge the Health Care Gaps in Cameroon
Our Total Health Program in Kumbo, Cameroon is now at the center of a healthcare revolution: steadily growing, filling much needed healthcare gaps and providing health education in and around Kumbo. In fact, the more people we educate and treat in the area, the greater the demand for services, products and information, creating new employment opportunities and ways to serve. Here is an overview of the Total Health Program, the blueprint for what Cameroonian’s are calling the Total Health Revolution.
The core of the Total Health Program is the Total Health Center, housed in our main community center in Kumbo. Opened in 2008, the Total Health Center offers simple, holistic solutions that are safe, effective and very affordable. The health consultations are even free. The Total Health Pharmacy offers low cost herbal medicines and other natural health products to address common complaints, such as:
- digestive tract ailments
- coughs and colds
- blood sugar problems
- stress disorders
- depression and anxiety
To further meet the demand for services in more distant and inaccessible villages, a health consultant makes routine visits via a Mobile Clinic. Travel in West Africa is so challenging and life is already so demanding that many patients are unable to make the arduous journeys often required to receive basic care.
These visits bring patients treatment options they don’t have, in many cases, preventing conditions from worsening or progressing to the need for a costly trip to a hospital.
Providing patient care is one aspect of our service: the second aspect is a health education program delivered to the whole community. In Cameroon, the population is largely uninformed about basic health and how lifestyle factors affect health. We have chosen to take a deliberate and thorough approach to helping them reclaim healthier lives. Our Public Health Education program is broad and unique. It’s wide reach and success stems from the engagement of social groups, schools, churches, prominent community leaders, and the local government–a social infrastructure that was years in the making. Teaching basic public health and disease prevention is grounded in the ever-practical advice found in yoga–to prevent illness and avoid unnecessary suffering, you need to manage your health, a requirement for leading a balanced and productive life. Our health education activities range from community and radio health classes to mass awareness efforts through educational posters, flyers, and public service announcements. In Cameroon they say, “Your health is your wealth,” so the community is quick to appreciate the value of an empowering and preventative healthcare approach.
We invite yoga teachers, groups of yogis, and social activists to join together and create “Seva Circles.” Seva Circles aregroups of people who wish to partner with us to champion this cause by leading grassroots fundraising efforts. Register your Seva Circle below. Your Seva Circle will partner with us to champion the Total Health cause and fundraise for either $1k, $5k, $10k or $20k+. If your circle raises $20,000 or more, you as the Seva Circle leader will join our Eco-Service Excursion to Cameroon with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.