The Program Manager of the Socio-Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disability (SEEPD) program has expressed gratitude for the results and feedback recorded by the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) field workers in the Adamawa and West Regions over the past 4 months. Awa Jacques Chirac was speaking during the first coordination meeting for the CBR field workers for 2019. The meeting which had as objective to review projected activities and plan for upcoming ones took place on February 11, 2019, at the Director of Health Services (DHS) Hall at the Baptist Center Nkwen, Bamenda.
Awa Jacques acknowledged the difficulties that the field workers are facing in their new stations but applauded them for braving through. He noted that “The Director of CBC Health Services, Prof. Tih Pius Muffih is committed to improving on your work experiences to ensure good quality of work. You have to identify and explore new opportunities in your new sites,” implored the SEEPD Program Manager.
The CBC Health Services’ Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Supervisor, Mr. Kenchi Joseph, revealed that the orientation for work this year for the field workers will have a new dimension which will ensure quality and not quantity. In this light, they were given orientation on the projection for 2019 which is a planning year ahead of the 4th phase of the program expected to kick-start in January 2020.
Even though the field workers have not worked very long in their new stations like Fombot, Banyo, Ngounso and Nyamboya, the success stories recorded in such areas are amazing. An amazing example is that of Adjijatou Dada, a child with mobility impairment who had not been able to go to school because of the lack of assistive devices but today, the child can go to school and even participate in the Youth Day activities of February 11, like his peers, thanks to the provision of a wheelchair by the CBR.
Like Adjijatou who is happy being part of her peers, many families in the Adamawa and West regions are happy with the work that CBR is doing in their regions.
During the meeting, the field workers shared their challenges which were addressed and some promised to be taken to the highest authority within the program.
The SEEPD Program Manager at the close of the meeting told participants that a context analysis will be carried out in the Northwest, Southwest, West and Adamawa Regions in the days ahead which will inform planning for the next phase.