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Novartis Access goes operational in Cameroon

Some patients in Cameroon have started receiving Novartis first treatments after it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Health to implement Novartis Access in the country.

The collaboration which includes capacity-building activities with the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) on community awareness, will be made available through Cameroon Baptist hospitals and clinics.

Novartis Access provides a portfolio of high-quality medicines targeting four key noncommunicable disease areas (NCDs): cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and breast cancer. This portfolio covers the world’s most frequently prescribed medicines for chronic diseases.

“This month, CBCHS and Novartis will kick off a Know Your Numbers campaign to encourage individuals to know their vital health numbers through community awareness and screenings,” said Prof. Tih Pius Muffih, Director of CBCHS. “Activities such as this campaign are needed to ensure we combat NCDs effectively, thanks to stronger healthcare systems and high-quality medicines.”

The campaign will take place in seven health districts in five regions, reaching a potential population of 1 million people with education and NCD health checks.
Cameroon is the sixth country (after Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Pakistan and Uganda) to launch Novartis Access.

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