HIV – How to increase adherence to treatment?

hiv_posterCOMINSUD collaborates with the Elisabeth Taylor Aids Foundation to provide direct care and services to people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA).  In the run of the project we developed a flyer and a poster to explain what adherence means, how it is done and why it is so important.

There is still a lot of stigma in the society. People don’t collect drugs from their nearest health center because they are afraid that neighbors might see them and start excluding them from the community. Some people do collect the medication but do not take it regularly, which is the major problem according the the health centers. With this poster we want to strengthen the position of PLWHA and also reduce the stigmatization of infected persons.

Feel free to download and share the flyer (pdf, 456 kB) and poster (Size A2, pdf, 1.1 MB) and distribute in your community or health center.

Finalisation of the PAEPA MRU project

For three years COMINSUD has worked on the promotiion of Rural Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation through the PAEPA MRU project. This project is has been finalized this week with a closing and reflection workshop.

We have collaborated with the African Development Bank (ADB), the Ministère de l’Eau et de l’Energie (MINEE), the Fonds Spécial d’Equipement et d’Intervention Intercommunale (FEICOM), the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and 20 councils from the South West Region (SWR) and the North West Region (NWR) of Cameroon for more than 3 years. We are proud to present the final results now:

  • We have assured the effective construction of 231 private Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) toilets for households that are expected to benefit 1,848 persons as well as 53 public VIP toilets in institutions (schools and health centers) that are expected to benefit about 1,500 users.
  • We have set up and trained 15 gender sensitive water management committees (180 persons) that will take up management of water for the benefit of about 11,250 people in some rural areas of the NWR and SWR.
  • We have assured the effective construction of 15 rural water supply systems having 150 stand taps for 11,250 people to guarantee their access to potable water.
  • The Gender Sensitive Complex in Widikum is effectively operating, employing 14 rural women and generating income for them as well as the community.

Stay in touch with us and find out what we will do next!

… Human rights and fundamental freedoms are respected …

This is part of the dream participants of the “Workshop for the elaboration of the 2016-2018 strategic plan of RECODH” shared at the end.

55 representatives of civil society organizations active in human rights promotion and defence from the 10 regions of Cameroon discussed during the workshop hot human rights issues and ways to approach them.

Fon Nsoh (COMINSUD) dicussing in the working group "Land Rights"

Fon Nsoh (COMINSUD) dicussing in the working group “Land Rights”

working group "Right to education"

working group “Right to education”

The participants identified the strategic objectives and developed corresponding activities of these priority themes:

  • Women’s Rights
  • Land Rights
  • Right to Food
  • Right to Education
  • Access to Justice
  • Right to liberties and freedom of Individuals

The Workshop ended with the vision all the organization developed together:

By 2020, Cameroon becomes a state where human rights and fundamental freedoms are effectively respected, without any discrimination, through the performance and credibility of the members and leaders of RECODH, engaged and deployed throughout the national territory.

CNHRO / RECODH is the “Cameroon Network of Human Rights Organizations” or “Reseau Camerounais des Organisations des Droits de L’homme” respectively (

Safe School Environmental Campaign

safe-school_flyerThe new academic year has started and within the Ecokids Project we want to initiate the “Safe School Environmental Campaign” again. To inform schools about their options and how to take part in the campaign, COMINSUD has designed a flyer. For this work we collaborate with the Bamenda City Council and the Gorinchem Council (Netherlands).

Feel free to download and share (pdf, 822 kb)

Oku Traditional Council breaks a taboo

Oku-Elak is widely known as one of the communities of the North-West-Region of Cameroon that holds tradition at a very high esteem. Especially when it comes what is considered sacred the exclusion of women was obligatory. A gender analysis (COMINSUD, 2010) revealed that women were forbidden to be members of the Oku Traditional Council (TC).

With the changing times, women’s participation and contribution in all spheres of life could not escape their presence in the TC. The community realized that women play an important role in addressing women related cases.

Now the present Fon of Oku together with the 15 male members of the TC fully accepted female membership in the TC. The following criteria was placed to select these female members

  • Should be at least 45 years of age
  • Should be fully of Oku origin
  • Should be influential to move community development
discussing in the TC meeting

discussing in the TC meeting


Oku Traditional Council with its six new female members

Land grabbing, violence and arbitrariness – what can we do?

In 2010 the “Cameroon Network of Human Rights Organizations” (CNHRO/RECODH) was founded. COMINSUD is the North West Regional Coordinator of the network. We invited partner organizations from the NWR to identify challenging Human Rights issues in our region eg:

  • Abusive arrest and detention sometimes associated with corruption practices;
  • Land grabbing and land governance challenges;
  • Exploitation by tax officials via arbitrary assessment of business taxes;
  • Gender based violence

The issues will be presented in the strategic planning workshop of CNHRO/RECODH and shall be included in the next strategic plan (2016 – 2018).

Ambe Bruno from COMINSUD facilitated the meeting

Ambe Bruno from COMINSUD facilitated the meeting

A Cameroon void of Discrimination!

The situation of vulnerable people in our local communities from observation, is a serious call for concern reason why some COMINSUD staff within the week, are gathering information to establish a data base on the situation of vulnerable people in the Benakuma, Wum, Ndu, Ako, Kumbo, Bali, Babessi and Oku council areas for the implementation of the Democracy and Empowerment of women (DEW) phase V project which aims at enhancing participation of communities in the decentralization process in collaboration with their various councils for effective local development benefiting the disadvantaged population.

We will keep you posted as activities unfold within this project…