Through the Central African Regional Program on the Environment (CARPE), USAID works to conserve the tropical forest in Cameroon along with five other countries in the region. Our efforts help make national policies on resource management and forest governance stronger. We also encourage countries to work together to manage their shared resources. To support that cooperation, we provide decision-makers with important information gathered with the help of advanced monitoring technologies. In addition, we provide the Government of Cameroon with support for the following activities:
- Enforcing logging regulations;
- Reforming natural resource policy;
- Engaging communities in resource management; and
- Fairly sharing the benefits of forest resources.
The Government of Cameroon has recently made significant commitments to fighting the country’s relatively high HIV/AIDS rate. However, the level of public spending on health is not enough to support these goals. USAID support helps to close the gap in the health sector.
We support sustainable approaches to improving healthcare, supporting the ability of Cameroonians to successfully manage and expand their health systems to achieve better health. Working with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, our efforts include building partnerships to provide HIV prevention, care and treatment throughout the country. We also support programs benefitting orphans and vulnerable children.
Working in Crises and Conflict
Drought in Cameroon caused significant food shortages in 2012. These shortages may have left up to 400,000 people without secure access to food for basic nutrition. In the hardest-hit northern regions, over 10 percent of children under five are acutely malnourished. This situation led the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon to declare a disaster in June 2012. USAID worked with the U.S. Embassy to provide food aid to those in crisis.
Last updated: May 10, 2013