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22nd Mission CAMEROON

On the 7th of February 2018 a five member team traveled to the capital of Chad NDjamena through Cairo, Egypt. On the next day, following the arrival in NDjamena, the team moved with a mini-bus south, close to the river which separates Chad from Cameroon to the village Bongor - a five hour drive on a badly maintained road. We reached the village at the borders after sunset and the police station as well as the customs were closed, so we had to spend the night in an hotel close by, in which running water was a luxury.

On the 9th of February, following the frontier formalities with the police, the team crossed the river with a self-made boat and reached Cameroon, where they were expected by a member of the Christian Orthodox Church, and moved directly with another mini-bus to Katrang (the area where medical activities take place). After a one and a half hour drive, the team reached the compound and started immediately the attendance of the first sick people who had reached the place the day before from a long distance and spent the night there

From the 10th to the 13th of February, a large number of people with health problems were examined and treated, who came from different areas, crossing even the borders with Chad (mainly women with an average number of 5-6 children).

Main health problems were parasites with diffuse abdominal pains, epigastric pains which were labeled as gastritis (mainly due to the consumption of a home made strong alcoholic drink, especially for older men and women), low back pain, joint pains, symptoms from the uro-genital system, malaria especially in children, injuries, scabies, eye problems. To mothers with insufficient milk production, milk powder and food supplements were given.

On the 14th of February the team returned to NDdjamena, next day to Cairo and on 16th of February to Athens.

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