The population in the region around the village of Siliyegue, which is about 60 km from the capital of Cameroon Yaoundé and surrounded by villages with similar needs, is suffering from multiple diseases such as Malaria, HIV, Cholera and Pneumonia; lack of pastoral and spiritual care; lack of education and professional training, and employment perspectives; lack of infrastructure such as proper roads, electricity, running drinking water and waste disposal; as well as lack of medical care in case of emergencies, in particular regarding first aid and related transportation capabilities.
The Mahola project aims to address the main underlying needs of the population in this region by developing a comprehensive local health care system. This will include a health centre and an ambulance service; bursaries for primary and secondary education (including for children with disabilities) and professional medical training (for nurses and mid-wives); the establishment of an extended network of well trained and equipped first aiders; as well as the provision of solar energy, running drinking water, waste disposal and recycling for the village – in order to increase the wellbeing of the local population in general, and thereby improve the average life expectancy and perceived quality of life.
The project puts strong emphasis on the protection of the environment and the traditional way of life, as well as equal opportunities. The local health care system will be run as far as possible locally, by locals, with minimal need for on-going outside support.