The motivation to create this organization stems from our experiences in clinical practice as we served chronically-ill patients in health facilities (private and public) in both urban and rural settings of Cameroon.. We realized that clients’ have diverse health-seeking behaviors. They visit different hospitals and various practitioners in search of solutions for their problems. This entails multiple visits to same level facilities and most often same grade of doctors. Hence, these clients spend a lot on repeated consultations, numerous booklets, repeated para-clinical investigations and prescriptions. This phenomenon was common among the elderly and patients with chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, senile arthritis, HIV/AIDs, cancers, liver pathologies etc.
We later realized that most of these patients abandoned their treatment and fail to respect hospital appointments for fear of the recurrent circle of catastrophic expenditure which was solely out-of-pocket. The consequences of these breaks in care range from deterioration of clinical states to complications (e.g. cerebrovascular accident in uncontrolled blood pressure) and even death.
Moreover, there are children, pregnant women and chronically-ill/bedridden elderly patients who reside in areas which are inaccessible during particular seasons of the year (such as the rainy season) without health facilities. Besides, where health facilities are available the cost of transportation from the communities can be very exorbitant at times. Consequently, patients who required frequent visits to the hospital or prolonged hospitalisations chose to visit the health facilities only when their illnesses proved critical and unbearable.
Amidst these barriers, some of these patients will prefer to suffer to the point of death in their homes or better still surrender their fate to the hands of charlatans or traditional practitioners in the quarters. These barriers to care mostly affect the health outcome in vulnerable groups like children, pregnant women, physically challenged, orphans and the elderly.
Furthermore, research has revealed that the prevalence of hepatitis B infection in Cameroon is about 8%, almost twice that of HIV. Ironically, more than ¾ of our local population is ignorant about this infection which has very devastating complications, but can be prevented via vaccination. We therefore created this organisation in order to mitigate the barriers to essential quality health care services; educate the population on common infectious and non-communicable disease; promote hygiene and sanitation and well-being (encourage proper nutrition and exercise and control substance misuse); prevent diseases (improve access to quality immunisation and use of bed nets); nurse the elderly and empower health personnel to deliver quality (compassionate care) and health facilities to deliver safe, effective and people-centred health services.