Financement d'une campagne de soins gratuits pas une association dans une association dans un district rural au Cameroun; nécessité d'optimiser le rôle de la société civile en Afrique subsaharienne [lettre]

B. Keugoung, F. Fouelifack Ymele, J. Dongtsa Mabou, C. Nangue, P. Ngouadjio Kougoum, L. Takoudjou, D. Hercot, J. Meli

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Abstract

Financial barriers represent a major obstacle to access to health care in sub-Saharan Africa and thus to the implementation of the Bamako Initiative. We describe an experience in which a civil society organization financed a free healthcare campaign in a rural health district in Cameroon. In all, 2,073 patients received free consultations, laboratory tests, and drugs. Adults older than 40 years accounted for 55.7% of all patients. The most frequent diseases were: osteoarticular conditions (24.1%), malaria (20.8%), and intestinal parasitosis (12.5%). In health systems financed mainly by cost recovery, some population needs remain uncovered by health services. There is a need to involve and reinforce the role of civil society in health system financing. It can help to pool more funds and improve the management of health resources to increase financial access to health care for poor people.
Original languageFrench
JournalMédecine et Santé Tropicales
Volume23
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)223-224
Number of pages2
ISSN2261-3684
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Health systems
  • Health care
  • Free care
  • Health care financing
  • Mass campaigns
  • Civil society
  • Funding
  • Consultation
  • Laboratory tests
  • Drugs
  • Accessibility
  • Rural
  • Cameroon
  • Africa-Central

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