By Fru Rita
The CBM Cameroon Country team has paid a 4-day Monitoring and Evaluation visit to the Socio-Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SEEPD) Program of the CBC Health Services. The recent visit recent aimed at evaluating the progress of activities of five CBM funded projects within the CBC Health Services. The visiting team was made up of the CBM Program Officer, Tem Damian, Community Based Inclusive Development Officer, Mispa Tebon, Disability and Inclusion Officer, Barbara Ngeah Achwe and CBM Interim Country Finance Manager, Roland Ndekeh Kiffa.
The CBM team upon arrival in the CBC Health Services, was welcomed by the Deputy Director of Administration and Finance Mr. Warri Denis, who congratulated CBM for being a long-standing funding partner of the CBC Health Services over the years. He expressed that as a partner of CBM, CBC Health Services values the partnership and is committed to meeting CBM expectations.
Given that the Nkwen Baptist Hospital (NBH) is one of the hospitals implementing several CBM projects, the visiting team made a stop at the hospital and were welcomed by the Hospital Administrator, Mr. Kongong Joyce who expressed appreciation to CBM for making the NBH one of its beneficiaries through the Eye Care, Ear Nose and Throat, and Clubfoot services. The Hospital Administrator acknowledged CBM for funding that has enabled the hospital acquire state of the art equipment to provide quality services in these sub-specialties of health care delivery. He noted that CBM also funded the remodeling of some sections of the hospital to improve access to services for people with disabilities and promoting inclusion.
As part of its strategies to promote inclusion, the Administrator noted that the hospital has recruited a sign language interpreter to ensure that patients with hearing impairment access health care with limited barriers. To this effect, the Sign language Interpreter disclosed that there has been increased access to health care for patients with hearing impairment in the hospital, thanks to the availability of the sign language services it offers. Pregnant women with hearing impairment now have the opportunity to benefit from educative talks given that sign language is done during ANC days.
In organized work sessions between the project coordination team of the CBM projects and the visiting team, the SEEPD Program Manager, Awa Jacques Chirac highlighted that it is always an exciting time for the coordination team to receive the CBM CO team on M&E visits. He described their visit as a learning opportunity for the coordination team and the implementing partners.
During the working sessions, the project coordinators of the Community Based Inclusive Development, Inclusive Eye Health, Ear and Hearing Care, Cameroon Clubfoot Care, and the Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Projects presented the progress of activities implementation, implementation strategies for pending activities, challenges, and ways forward. The CBM team also had sessions with the Coordinating Unit of the Association for Persons with Disabilities to assess and understand their level of involvement in project activities.
At the end of the visit, the CBM team members expressed appreciation to the CBC Health Services team and its partners for the effective implementation of activities and the success recorded so far. After listening to the presentations, they made recommendations in different areas of each project for further improvement.