WHO WE ARE
WHO WE ARE.
Rural Doctors is a non-profit organisation with a wealth of experience in closing health equity gaps by enhancing health care access in enclaved, remote health areas and humanitarian settings. Specifically, rural doctors is building community resilience to high burden diseases where there are poor access to health services through sound partnership with traditional structures and the community using local resources.
Build community resilience to high burden diseases where there is poor access to health services and provide lifesaving health care to vulnerable groups, and victims during crisis.
Close existing health equity gaps in rural communities
“I grew up in a community where accessibility to health care services was largely dependent on socio-economic status. Determined to contribute to improve this, I became a medical doctor. In my short period of clinical practice in 4 resource limited settings serving numerous (over 70) rural communities, the problem that stands out is that of primary health care access. In 2017, I received a bleeding pregnant woman at near-death in Manoka District hospital. She had bled for more than 24hours but could not get to the hospital on time because there were no available canoes to cover such long distance on water during late hours. She managed to survive! But there are many out there who loss their lives due to inaccessibility to essential health care services. I have seen and experienced things like this for time immemorial but this was the height of it. Imagining the trauma that this lady and her family went through and thinking of those who finally lost their wife, sister, mother, friend with an unborn child just because of inaccessibility to health care services, I decided to contribute my quota by helping as many as my strength and finances could support to stay alive. To do this, I visited communities during off-duty periods to offer free essential care services such as obstetric ultrasound, medical consultation especially for under-5s and pregnant women, treatment of basic ailments, basic antenatal care and above all counselling. I used my social media handles to promote and advocate for practice in rural communities by young health care providers.
Sangwe Clovis Nchinjoh, MD, MPH, MSHCM(c)
Founder of Rural Doctors.
I realised this was not sufficient, I might have been able to serve a few but with a team effort, we can create a ripple effect that will raise impact not just in Cameroon but in sub-saharan Africa and the world at large, I thought to myself. This thought led to creation of Rural Doctors as a non-profit organisation in 2018.”
LOOK AT OUR PERCENTAGE ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE COMMUNITIES
Health missions reaching out to 2201 patients
156 poor and vulnerable pregnant women benefited
Built community resilience against COVID-19 in 23 villages
Fight water borne diseases among IDPs in littoral, 253 IDP homes