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Cameroon : Needs assessment report GBV and Child protection in Far-North, aug. 2016


The methodology used was a structured survey at the community level, coupled with service mapping and bilateral semi-structured key informant interviews with peer organizations and agencies. For the survey respondents, the enumerators used snowball sampling, meaning they identified initial respondents, who then identified the next subject. The subjects did have to ft a certain criteria; it was requested the enumerators survey women’s leaders, teachers, community members, and youth (between the ages of 16 and 25), alternating male and female (with the exception of the women’s leader) and host community and displaced community.

Key findings: 

With the largest security concern for adolescent girls being their ability to access services safely, there is a risk that girls could be isolated and exposed to violence. This raises the need for consistent monitoring and engagement with women and adolescent girls to ensure the manner in which services and aid is delivered meets their needs and is accessible to them. Moreover, assuring that programs either within women’s safe spaces or safe healing and learning spaces meet the needs of adolescent girls as well as those of adult women.
With a few exceptions, the technical capacity of GBV actors to respond also remains low. Assisting with a rollout of GBVIMS, as well as building a foundation in Caring for Child survivors for GBV and child protection organizations providing case management would be helpful and improve quality of care. This technical gap can be extended to reproductive health services and the provision of clinical care for sexual assault survivors (CCSAS). Concretely and immediately, the program can commence with reinforcing referral pathways and basic training within health centers and hospitals that provide MISP, as well as advocating for free health care for survivors of GBV. In the longer term, more financial assistance and capacity building is needed to extend MISP or at least CCSAS to more health service providers.
Child protection needs are high. It is clear that children are distressed by the crisis and the inability for their parents to meet basic needs. With limited to no community based activities or psychosocial assistance for children, and high rates of child labor, some recruitment of children into armed forces or groups, and indication of sexual abuse, there is a definite need for an experienced case management service, as well as psychosocial assistance. Currently, the organizations and government actors present providing this service have limited capacity. With further risk analysis, considerations for safe healing and learning spaces with the capacity to provide case management should be considered, as well as technical capacity building for the wider child protection community.

Assessment Report: 
Assessment Questionnaire: 
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Assessment Data: 
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Assessment Date(s): 
02 Aug 2016 to 05 Aug 2016
Report completed
Unit(s) of Measurement: 
Collection Method(s): 
Field Interview
Population Type(s): 
Host communities
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
International Rescue Committee
Other location: 
Far North region