i-MED Improving Medical Education and Health Care Delivery through Diaspora Engagement

Activities

The focus of the program is to train doctors in the use of simple, modern, “minimally invasive” diagnostic and therapeutic instruments such as sonography, sonographically controlled puncture, electrocardiography and endoscopy.

A two-week further education event is planned in 3-month intervals with:

I. Workshops and seminars
II. Special certified courses lasting for several days for carers in institutions (to use and assist in the use of modern medical equipment). Courses for ECG, sonography and endoscopy.
III. Joint visits and operations on patients (at each location)
IV. Extraction of 30 specialised doctors (faculty) each year from the Diaspora, who organise and manage the further education events with their colleagues in Cameroon.

The specialised doctors of the Diaspora are obligated to work / teach for at least 2 weeks every 24 months within the scope of the project in Cameroon and conclude a volunteer contract.

Sustainability

We aim to educate sufficient doctors and nurses in each location after 3 years, so that, above all, ECG, sonography and endoscopy become a routine diagnostic and therapeutic procedure.

They should be able to handle the instruments safely, servicing should be guaranteed and, above all, they should be installed for the hospitals economically and profitably.

These two hospitals should serve as benchmarks for other hospitals.

After 4 years the location of the project will be changed and the project will then be continued in 2 other hospitals in other areas of the country. The project should continue running as a CME program for as long as enough Diaspora doctors can be mobilised.

It is a joint project from:

Médecins du Cameroun-Cameroon Doctors, Cameroon Diaspora Network Germany (CDN.G) and CAMFOMEDICS

Project hospitals/locations in Cameroon

  • L´Hopital Central de Yaoundé (Yaoundé)
  • Mutengene Baptist Hospital, Mutengene (Buea)