October 2017: Healthy Babies in Cameroon

Healthy Babies in Cameroon…Because of You

Lynn Powe recently returned from a short-term service with Mission Doctors in rural Cameroon, West Africa. One of her tasks was to help with vaccinations, including recording them in the UNICEF Vaccination Record Book. Each child has a health record and is assigned a number. She quickly saw first-hand how different the recording process for vaccinations is in Cameroon than in the United States – children are generally not given a name for their first month of life, and their address is often much more specific than in the US. She was encouraged by the number of children who came to be vaccinated, as Lynn told us “It was packed!”

There is good news: child vaccination rates in Cameroon are increasing. In 2004, less than 50% of children got all recommended immunizations. By 2011, that number had grown to nearly 60%. This is in part thanks to nurses like Lynn, who administered vaccines, and supporters like you, who make Lynn’s service possible. The World Health Organization estimates that 20% of under-five deaths – approximately two million deaths annually – could be prevented with existing vaccines.

Thanks to your support, Mission Doctors are on the ground in Africa and Latin America providing medical care including vaccinations. You are our partner in this mission of healing. Thank you.

From our October 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter by contacting us.