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BAMENDA, CameroonBAMENDA, Cameroon
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$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

SAMA'S CARE LTD strives to bring HEALTHCARE to homes, and professionalize the HOME CARE sector in Cameroon. We recruit and train personnel whose job it is to provide health and home care to households in Bamenda, and subsequently Cameroon.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if healthcare was affordable, accessible, and available to all Cameroonians so that they could live a longer, healthier, happier life?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

A majority of Cameroonians do not go for regular health check-up and so illness aggravates and often proves fatal. Also households in Cameroon are in dire need of home carers so as to be more productive. Often young people, especially girls are exploited, maltreated and manipulated in their provision of home care.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Trained reliable carers (medical doctors and nurses) be assigned to households to monitor well-being before ill health gets critical. Also trained and certified home carers at least 16 years old be assigned and their services monitored and regulated by SAMA'S CARE on a constant basis.


Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

E.g 1: 15 people are trained by SAMAS CARE as reliable carers for a month. They are then assigned to 30 households (1 for 2 homes) in Bamenda for a month of volunteerism, after which households sign contracts with the agency and make monthly payments for the continuation of these services. This payment is then ploughed back into more training and payment of personnel. Thus sustainability is guaranteed. E.g 2: 25 people are trained by SAMA'S CARE as professional home carers for a month. They are assigned to 25 households in Bamenda for a month of volunteerism, after which these homes sign contracts with the agency and make a monthly payment for the continuation of these services which is used for further training and payment of personnel.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

At the moment, SAMA'S CARE has already trained 20 people who are attending to 32 households in Bamenda. 100 questionnaires were administered to 100 households in Bamenda, and the feed-back from 85 households indicated a dire need for healthcare and home care services. By January 2016, at least 30 reliable carers will be serving in 60 households and at least 50 home carers serving in 50 households. By December 2016 SAMA'S CARE should have partnered with at least 10 medical hospitals and 2 health insurance schemes in Bamenda. By December 2017 SAMA'S CARE expects that's the number of critically ill cases registered in hospitals in Bamenda should have reduced by at least 40%. By 2020 it is hoped that SAMA'S CARE should be providing services to over 10000 households and these households should be enjoying a longer, healthier and happier life.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

By 2020, SAMA'S CARE should be national. To achieve this, by December 2017, the agency should have partnered with at least 25 hospitals, and trained at least 500 health-care givers and home carers in the North West Region. By December 2019, the agency should have branches in all ten regions and should have partnered with at least 45 hospitals. By December 2020, these branches should have trained at least 6000 personnel who attend to at least 12500 households in the country. Others with a similar vision can franchise.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Investors contribute money for initial training and personnel payment. Personnel are assigned to homes which make monthly payments. These are then used for future training and payments. The more the households that get involved, the more money,the more training and jobs, the more sustainability. Also a micro loan scheme will be set up where SAMA'S CARE renders services to homes for later payment with minimal charges. This will add to income.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

HOLISTIC SOLUTIONS by Raja Shaleem Samuel Gill faces a similar problem with SAMA'S CARE which is the problem that the people of Pakistan and those of my country Cameroon are less aware of their health status. Both of our proposed solutions to this problem seek to provide the masses with health education, prevention, detection, treatment, management and follow-up. But our approaches are different in the sense that SAMA'S CARE uses a home base approach which is person-centred, quickly duplicable and guarantees health equity and access by all the strata of our society.

Founding Story

I had two moments that gave me a brainwave. The first was when my father was diagnosed with the most advanced stage of cancer. The doctor said if he had come for check-up earlier it would have been arrested well in time and his life span would be prolonged. If he had a reliable home healthcare giver, it would have been noticed before, it became critical. Secondly my sister's baby was hurt in hot water by a home carer who had no training. When this happened, I wondered about the safety of kids left at home to the mercy of home carers, and the safety of home carers themselves. Then I thought an agency which catered to these needs would be beneficial to prolong life and foster home care.


1) BOD- investors- Accountant, project coordinator, auditor, dietician, journalist, peer educator, statistician - full time. (2) CEO- Founder, coordinates activities- post graduate in medical anthropology, teacher, lay counsellor, peer educator, facilitator- full time. (3) Public relation/Secretarial - communication/media representative, facilitates and coordinates archiving - MA anthropology, HND journalism, researcher, author, teacher - full time. (4) Human resource/ Financial Secretary - manages personnel and resources- MBA, counsellor, teacher- full time. (5) Program coordinator/ technical adviser- oversees curriculum design, provides general advice- post graduate in health economics, senior nurse in reproductive health- full time. (6) Trainers/facilitators- facilitate training and resource persons- specialists in their respective fields- part time. (7) Executive assistant- secretary and receptionist- Bachelor in executive duties- full time.