Immunization means protection. Before International Medical Corps began offering primary health and nutrition services in Oshie, a village in Northwest Cameroon, the integrated health center (IHC) was not functional. This meant that people living in the town and its surrounding villages had to travel to Njikwa District Hospital, which is 8 km (5 miles) away and not connected to Oshie by road, to access routine vaccines for their children. Because this was such a long and difficult journey, many children did not receive the vaccinations they needed.
Once we began supporting the Oshie IHC in August 2021, the situation improved for the area’s newborns and children. Bertha Tabi, an International Medical Corps midwife, was responsible for scheduling one vaccination day every month for different age groups, contacting mothers on her list and asking them to bring their children to the IHC for routine vaccinations.
Bertha’s work made a significant impact on the health of children in the Oshie area. Since we began supporting the Oshie IHC, Bertha provided routine vaccinations to more than 2,300 children and babies in the area. She has also been able to educate mothers about the importance of vaccination and how to keep their children healthy.
Because of her experience and knowledge, the Cameroon mission deployed Bertha to a new position at the Fonfuka Medicalized Health Center, which International Medical Corps began supporting in June 2023. In her new role, she will continue to provide routine vaccinations, and she is also responsible for providing other primary healthcare services, such as antenatal care, postnatal care and family planning.
Bertha is excited about her new location and is committed to providing quality healthcare to the people of Fonfuka. She knows that her work can make a difference in the lives of children and families, and she is determined to make the most of the opportunity.