Healthcare Solutions for Africa
My BC Legacy Grant made it possible for me to travel to Cameroon in March 2014 to advance the work of Global Enterprise for Medical Advancement (GEMA), a nonprofit organization I launched to heighten awareness and develop solutions to African healthcare issues.
In Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, I collaborated with a local TV station, district hospitals, and area youth to create five public service announcements (PSAs) in accordance with WHO disease prevention suggestions. We detailed the top five illnesses killing Africans daily, explaining their symptoms, risk factors, and prevention strategies. For three months, our PSAs were broadcast three times a day, providing public health education and awareness to nearly 1.5 million Cameroonians. Through this initiative, many Cameroonians were educated about Ebola prior to the summer 2014 Ebola outbreak.
I also traveled to the city of Dschang, where I volunteered at two hospitals in order to assess health practices and needs. I introduced local doctors to GEMA's mobile health solution, getting highly valuable advice and guidance on features and improvements that will help the application make an impact on African healthcare.
Thanks to this generous Legacy Grant, I was able to make an impact on health care outcomes in Cameroon, as well as establish major partnerships that will advance GEMA's mission. The progress I made during this trip to Cameroon will inform the development of the GEMA mobile health app and lay the foundation for GEMA’s work in African healthcare. I’m so grateful for the opportunities this grant made possible for me to pursue my vision of improving health care in Africa. Thank you.
—Loic Assobmo '15