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US Ambassador Visits Laquintinie Hospital in Douala to Highlight US Government Health Assistance in Cameroon

On April 12, 2022, Ambassador Christopher J. Lamora visited Laquintinie Hospital in Douala, accompanied by US Country Director Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Emily Cainne Dokubo. In partnership with Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Health, the CDC provides care and treatment services through implementing partners in 308 facilities in 10 regions of the country. Through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), CDC has supported clinical and laboratory services at Laquintinie Hospital since 2009. Over the past three years, CDC has invested more than $975,000 (588 million FCFA) to strengthen HIV prevention, home care sick. , and treatment services for all people living with HIV, including children, youth, adults, and key and vulnerable populations.

Laquintinie Hospital has just celebrated its 90th anniversary and is now a referral hospital in the Littoral Region. Under the leadership of Professor Noel Essomba, the hospital has approximately 910 beds managed by more than 1300 staff, including 46 General Practitioners and 113 Specialists, and accepts more than 80,000 patients for consultations per year. Founded in 1988, the HIV Care Center serves as a model for decentralization of antiretroviral treatment in Cameroon. About 5,400 people living with HIV are receiving treatment through CDC/PEPFAR support. Also, through PEPFAR, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) supports the continuum of care for key and priority populations and orphans and vulnerable children, and funds the procurement and delivery of antiretroviral drugs and HIV laboratory reagents and supplies. In addition, USAID supports community-based monitoring to ensure hospital compliance with government policies to eliminate costs for HIV users at the point of service delivery.

Renovated with US government support, the Laquintinie Hospital laboratory serves as a reference laboratory for cholera, HIV Early Infant Diagnosis, HIV viral load, and COVID-19 testing. The CDC also provides technical and financial assistance to the Ministry of Public Health for cholera surveillance and response and has strengthened capacity for cholera case management and infection prevention and control. USAID supports infection prevention control training, revitalization of drug therapy committees, and provision of laboratory equipment and supplies.

The United States is committed to supporting Cameroon to strengthen its health system and improve health outcomes.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the US Embassy in Cameroon.

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US Ambassador Visits Laquintinie Hospital in Douala to Highlight US Government Health Assistance in Cameroon

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