AFRICA/CAMEROON - Thousands of "special" children need medical treatment and rehabilitation

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 disabled  


Sangmelima (Agenzia Fides) - Cameroon is one of the African countries with the highest incidence of disability in children. According to UNICEF estimates, 23% of people aged between 2 and 9 live with at least one type of mental and physical dysfunction, often arising from diseases such as malaria, leprosy, measles and malnutrition.
More than 35 years ago, in the south of Cameroon, the humanitarian organization Dokita Onlus created several specialized centers. These include the Foyer de l'Esperance, in Sangmelima, where every year over 6000 children and young people with disabilities find medical care and rehabilitative therapy.
According to the note sent to Agenzia Fides, Sister Laura Figueroa, missionary of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception, local counterpart of Dokita, is a vital point of reference for thousands of "special" children. To support the work of Sister Laura and the Foyer de l'Esperance, Dokita Onlus has launched the campaign "All Equal" until 28 January: the funds raised will be used to purchase new equipment for physiotherapy and for the prosthetics lab packaging, school support for the primary education of children with special needs and to carry out various projects of social, economic and cultural integration for young people with disabilities. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 10/01/2017)