The campaign dubbed Mbot Mission Trip (MMT) 2016 has been organized by the Omer Yembe Foundation; a charitable 501c3 entity created and registered in the State of Texas, USA in 2015.
“This is will be a massive campaign for a better life led by Dr George Bwelle and his team. They will address medical, dental and surgical cases for the first six hundred to one thousand people including adults and children,” Dr Enaka M. Yembe, president of the Omer Yembe Foundation said in a statement.
|Dr Georges Bwelle will lead the medical team to Mbot|
Dr. Georges Bwelle, a general surgeon at the central hospital in the Cameroon capital is also founder of ASCOVIME, a grassroots volunteer organization committed to fighting illiteracy and disease in the country.
He and his ASCOVIME team will remain at the Omer Yembe Memorial Medical Center in Mbot where they will provide free consultations, examinations, medications, and operations if necessary during the eight days health campaign.
“Our mission is to improve the health, education and wellbeing of the poorest people in and around Mbot. This is a population of about 2,500 inhabitants and up to 10,000 if you consider the surrounding villages,” the president of the Omer Yembe Foundation said of the campaign.
According to the World Bank, an estimated 1.2 billion live in extreme poverty (defined as those who live on less than 1, 25 USD per day) worldwide. Poverty and disease are stuck in an ongoing, vicious relationship. One goes a long way towards intensifying the other with studies demonstrating that infection rates of certain diseases are highest in regions where poverty is rife.
“This is a painful reality in remote villages in many third world countries. We have set our focus on one of them - on the village of Mbot,” Dr. Enaka said.
The US-based medical doctor explained that by organizing the health campaign, the vision of the charity organization is to break the vicious cycle of the direct impact of poverty on the health and wellbeing ‘of our people’ and create a positive change for generations to come.
By Ndi Eugene Ndi in Yaounde