Chantal Biya. Mother of Humanity

Her numerous humanitarian projects in Cameroon has earned her several international titles and recognition.

Cynthia EFOPA

In all the nooks and crannies, from East to West and from North to South of Cameroon, the First Lady of the Republic of Cameroon Chantal Biya is known. Not only as the first Lady of the Nation but as the Mother of humanity. Her numerous humanitarian gestures has impacted the lives of many Cameroonians who will forever remain grateful to her.  Through her multiple associations she has been able to carter for the health of mother and child, participate in the development of rural women and creating a favorable environment for children to have access to quality education.

As member of the Pan-African Nongovernmental organization named African Synergy against Aids and Sufferings, she has been at the forefront of financing and mobilizing financial and human resources capable of unrolling the HIV/AIDS virus.  Through this organization she has gathered together youths under the canopy of the campaign title AIDS Frees Holidays and this has been going on for 16 years running. Via this campaign youths are sensitize on the different aspects through which the AIDS virus can be prevented, contracted and the location of treatment centers. This campaign according to the Minister of Public Health has greatly helped in reducing the prevalence of the virus amongst youths within the age of 15-40 years from 4percent in 2016 to 3.4 percent in 2017. Chantal Biya has also been instrumental in lending a hand to those suffering from Leprosy disease. Through the Chantal Biya Foundation, a hospital situated in Yaounde, she has been providing quality health to women and children.

As the founder of the Circle of Friends of Cameroon, CERAC, Chantal Biya in collaboration with friends of Cameroon has renovated and equipped with up-to-date materials a multitude of schools and hospitals across the country. She has been donating didactic materials to pupils and equipped some school libraries. The plight of the underprivileged has been her focus, case in point is the annual visit to orphans whose parents were victims of the Nsam fire disaster. She was in the North region to visit survivals of the villages that were ravaged by flood.

Another part of her mission, is to see the Cameroon woman empowered and financially sustainable. In this light she has been donating agricultural inputs such as improved seedlings, and farm tools, to boost the output of rural women. She has equally created health centers in villages for them to get quality treatment.

All these humanitarian endeavors has earned her awards and recognition. She is the United Nations Good Will Ambassador. She has been on the plough thanks to the immense support of the husband President Paul Biya.

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