Many years ago I was sending diabetes testing supplies to my family and these supplies did not last as long as expected. I could not understand why supplies that were expected to last for one year only lasted four months. I found out that there were a lot of people who were diabetic in the same neighborhood who could not afford to monitor their blood sugar regularly.
A blood sugar test in Cameroon is about $2-$3 dollars per check. This is a lot of money for most of the population. People with diabetes visit diabetic clinics or pharmacies randomly and irregularly for blood sugar monitoring. This random, irregular monitoring of blood sugar could lead to a lot of complications for people living with diabetes.
I decided to assist the people in the neighborhood where I grew up in Cameroon with a new, free diabetes monitoring center. There were a lot of people who came to the center with high blood pressure also. We decided to do free blood pressure and weight checks also. As time went by, more people came to the facility and the number of free tests done monthly has seen a remarkable increase since the facility was opened in early 2015.
Based on the need for basic health checks, the Lambe Cameroon Diabetic and Health Foundation decided to open more wellness centers across the country, if funds are available. Our newest center is located in Mamfe. More centers coming soon to a town near you.