The population in the region around the village of Siliyegue, which is situated 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 school education, professional training and prospective employment in general; lack of infrastructure such as proper roads, electricity, running drinking water, waste disposal and recycling; as well as lack of medical care in case of emergencies, in particular regarding first aid and related transportation capabilities.
The ‘Mahola’ project (‘Mahola’ means ‘Aid’ in the local ‘Bassa’ language) 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 secondary education (including for children with disabilities) and professional medical training; provision of solar energy; running drinking water; waste disposal and recycling for the village – each in order to increase the wellbeing of the local population in general, and thereby improve the average life expectancy and perceived quality of life.
Contributing to the local implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the project puts strong emphasis on the protection of the environment and the traditional way of life, education, eradication of poverty, 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.