Cameroon – Humanitarian: The Government agrees to take over 30% of health expenses of refugees

Written by Deckson N.

The Minister of Health (MINSANTE) has signed to this effect an agreement with the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner to Cameroon.

On 10 August 2016, André Mama Fouda signed a framework agreement with UNHCR Representative in Cameroon Kassim Diagne. The result as indicated by La Nouvelle Expression (LNE) of 12 August, the government will now cover the health expenses of Nigerian and CAR refugees living in and eastern regions of Adamawa, North and Far north at 30%.

The remaining 70% being taken care of by the UNHCR,” says LNE. This Agreement, the newspaper added, “will allow Nigerian and CAR citizens who fled the conflict from their country,to access care in public health facilities without paying the slightest dime. The signing of this Convention is registered therefore in the strategic plan of integration of Support for Refugees in the National Public Health System which will run for 5 years.

According to Mama Fouda, “There is the need to secure the strategic plan of integration of the support of refugees in the national system to the 2016-2027 Sectoral Strategy“. About funding, MINSANTE counts on using traditional financing and technical partners.

Advocacy should be done in this direction. In addition, the government will look into the cost estimates of the Strategic Plan for integrating the management of refugees in the national public health system. An estimate that will be alarming because there are more than 325,000 Central African and Nigerian refugees, “reports the daily.

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