ABOUT US

VISION

We envisage a world where the helpless and persons living in rural areas stay healthy.

MISSION

To build and strengthen sustainable community disease prevention and response in poor rural settings; and provide lifesaving health care to vulnerable groups, and victims during crisis.

HISTORY

This organization was founded in 2013 by Dr. Sangwe Clovis Nchinjoh and registered as “The Medicz”. As a medical student, he created the organization to inspire health oriented students to build their capacity to help poor communities. Late in 2017, socio-political crisis in the English speaking Regions of Cameroon (North West and South West Regions) negatively affected the normal running of the organization leading to a complete halt of activities. In 2019, Dr. Sangwe Clovis Nchinjoh after working in a number of rural areas including the crisis zone was inspired to restart the organization once again but this time, to focus on empowering rural communities to stay healthy and provide lifesaving health care to poor and vulnerable groups and victims of crisis (war, natural disasters, etc). He built a team headed by Dr. Njedock Nelson, Dr. Budzi Michael and himself. Together, they revised the vision, mission, strategy and goals. The name of the organization was officially changed and registered as “Rural Doctors”.

In 2019, With little or no sponsorship, they were able to screen over 1200 persons for hypertension and diabetes; carried out mass sensitization and distribution of hematinic (blood medications) to over 500 poor and vulnerable pregnant women in 4 different Regions in Cameroon; provided free Antenatal care to over 100 poor and vulnerable pregnant women including 24 Internally displaced pregnant women; offered free health care to over 1000 internally displaced persons including women and children; and carried out WASH projects with the distribution of hygiene kits in the West and Littoral Region to prevent water borne diseases among internally displaced persons living in crowded settlements with over 250 homes impacted. In order to efficiently and more rapidly achieve our objectives, the new founding members decided to revise the organization’s charter.

CHARTER

It is a non-profit making, apolitical and non-religious organization with registration number: 488/G.37/C84/VOL I/SASC of Buea, Cameroon in West and Central Africa with principal aim to improve the wellbeing of the helpless during crisis; and persons living in remote rural communities. It is made up of Doctors and other health care providers but also open to persons in other fields who may help to achieve our aim.

There are four (4) main membership groups in the organization (Rural Doctors Research Team, Rural Doctors Clinical Review Team, Rural Doctors Humanitarian Community and Rural Doctors Volunteer Network), with different objectives and activities but all working to support our programs and humanitarian interventions. This groups are open to the public. All members, staff and volunteers adhere to the following principles:

Gender Inclusivity

Gender does not influence our decision on recruitment of staff, members or volunteers. In project planning and implementation we take into consideration the importance of involving both gender at the level of the community for greater impact.

Impartiality and Neutrality

Rural Doctors only offers help to persons based on assessed needs not who they are. We do not discriminate on bases of sexuality, gender, race, nationality, identity, religious beliefs or political opinion. In the face of crisis we do not take sides.

Accountability

Rural Doctors is committed to offer best possible community base activities and lifesaving healthcare in the field and take responsibility for accounting for our actions to patients and donors.

Medical Ethics

Our activities are carried out with full respect of the rules of medical ethics.

Humanity

All humankind shall be treated humanely and equally in all circumstances by saving lives and alleviating suffering, while ensuring respect for the individual.

Independence

Our decision to offer assistance is based on an independent assessment not due to external influence.