Projects

Early NCD Prevention in Cameroon Schools, WDF16-1434

WDF16-1434
The project aims to implement the first phase of a national diabetes/NCD prevention programme in Cameroon, targeting fifty schools in each of the two regions Central and Northwest.
Objectives
1. Develop nutritional and physical activity promotion tools for Cameroon schools.
2. Train school and college teachers to deliver nutritional education curriculum and promote physical activity
3. Implement the education and physical activity promotion curriculum in 100 schools
4. Advocate for promotion of improved nutrition and physical activity 
 
Approach
Initially, the project will conduct an assessment of dietary habits and exercise behaviour among secondary school students through interviews and data collection among various key stakeholders and civil society groups.
 
Based on this study nutritional education curriculum for schools and colleges, including photo atlas, phone app and replica food items will be developed with a view to support various teaching approaches. All material will be developed in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) and will be endorsed by MoE as official national curriculum.
 
Once the teaching material has been developed, the project will implement activities for strengthening of capacity for national response to dietary habits and exercise behaviour among secondary school students through training of science teachers within the new nutritional curriculum didactics. The trainings will be carried out by national and regional supervisors from the MoE, who will also oversee implementation at local level.
 
When all trainings have been concluded a roll-out of the pilot prevention programme for improvement of dietary habit and exercise behaviour among secondary school students will be carried out through implementation of three times two-hour sessions in schools with a special focus on obese and other vulnerable students.
 
In addition to these initiatives the project will also conduct continuous monitoring of project impact among students through annual data collection of BMI, dietary habits and exercise behaviour.
 
Expected results
48 regional supervisors from MoE trained as trainers and coordinators of project roll-out
400 teachers from targeted trained 
100 schools trained in national curriculum
40,000 children provided education on healthy diet and exercise behaviour
 

Project information

Project nr.: 
WDF16-1434
Project Status: 
Ongoing
Interventions and focus areas: 
Primary focus area: 
Region: 
Africa
Address of head office: 
Cameroon
Partners: 
RECHERCHE – SANTE – DEVELOPPEMENT (RSD)
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Health
Project responsible: 
Professor Eugene Sobngwi
Project start date: 
2017 to 2021
Project budget: 
EUR 429,412
WDF contribution: 
EUR 213,412

Expected results

  • 48 regional supervisors from MoE trained as trainers and coordinators of project roll-out.
  • 400 teachers from targeted trained
  • 100 schools trained in national curriculum.
  • 40,000 children provided education on healthy diet and exercise behaviour.