About IHAF

This much wished-for “standard for welfare for all in local communities” in Cameroon, IHAF, was founded on February 22nd 2004 in Buea, Cameroon. Then, it was named “Foundation for Healthy Nutritional Practices”. For the next three years, the ground works of this initiative suffered from lack of qualified and devoted volunteers to drive the idea to achieve its aims. That notwithstanding, with a membership of 19 (12 passive and 7 active members), the active members visited six randomly selected local communities for fact-finding in the South West and North West Regions of Cameroon.

The aim of the visits was to investigate and ensure that there is absolute need for the establishment of IHAF (an integrated health-based organization). Findings from the visit confirmed unconditional need to for not only nutrition-oriented but also education and health care based organization. Remarkably, such an organ obviously has to preach “virtue” and practice “virtue” not “vice” and work together with communities in prioritizing and looking for solutions/addressing their needs (letting them do it themselves for sustainability).

As a result, incessant efforts is being made to sensitize young Cameroonian of substance to contribute to the welfare of those in our communities. We’re volunteers, we encourage youths to volunteer as a great way to show love to others, and to contribute towards sustainable national development

Thus in 2007, with 25 active members, the name “Foundation for Healthy Nutritional Practices” was re-coined to “Integrated Health for All Foundation (IHAF)”. Thereafter, IHAF was legalized by the Government of Cameroon as a not-for-profit making, non-political, non-governmental association with Association Declaration Receipt Registration: No. 000061/ADR/J06/APPB of 15th January 2008. Her seat is in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Dr. Wilfred Abia - Founder and President of IHAF

From Founder and President

We at Integrated Health for All Foundation (IHAF) adopt an integrated approach towards addressing issues of education, nutrition and health for the welfare of all. Achieving good health and welfare for all requires united-action, implying every one every where around the world can make a significant contribution in very simple ways. We all need to do more and change the way we think about others, their welfare, rights to life, and rethink the type of development that will make our community more sustainable. Our work would not be possible without the giving spirit of some organizations and people (including well wishers, friends of IHAF and IHAFers) who freely donate their time and resources. We will continue to provide voluntary services and build productive capacities in less privileged people, communities and institutions for a future with contained poverty-related diseases, increase literacy rates, improved nutrition, good health and welfare for all; thus contributing to a today and tomorrow full of sharing-caring-loving spirit; understanding-and-forgiveness; and unity in action for a more enabling society and healthier world. We thank you all for your unending support and belief in our organization and its objectives to work together to bring health and welfare close to the people by the people themselves.

Founding meeting of the Cameroon Association/NGO Centre for National and International Cooperation (CANCNIC)

We look forward to join other stakeholders in Cameroon to fight against corruption and dishonesty particularly amongst not for profit making, non-political home based or national Associations and NGO’s (most of which are in brief cases) by creating a common forum during which all of these bodies shall denounce, censure, criticize and condemn corruption amongst civil society organizations. The forum shall also promote collaboration or networking amongst these bodies to support the fight for good governance and ease the achievement of the SDGs in Cameroon while contributing optimally to sustainable development of our Fatherland, Cameroon. We welcome your comments and contributions towards the realization of this blue-print forum.

Achievements

Some of the achievements of IHAF and its members include:

  1. Staff Capacity Building at:

    • Short training:

      • Master program in India (Agejo Patrick, LLM) – graduated 2012 and

      • Master program in Australia (Andigema Sharon, MPH) – graduated 2013

  • Public Capacity Building:

    1. Nine (9) successful rounds of training workshop on proper project planning and management for development (PPPMD 1-9) has been organized by IHAF –Notably PPPMD 2 which was for West and Central African NGOs/NPOs an d government/local government officials or workers was sponsored by the Commonwealth Foundation, London. A total of over 300 youths and people in leadership positions have been trained.

    2. Seven (7) successful rounds of training workshop on Community or Public Health/Environmental Risk Assessment Workshops (RAW 1-7) has been organized by IHAF – Notably, RAW2 was hosted by the FASA, University of Dschang (2012) and RAW 4 hosted by the Faculty of Science, University of Buea (October 2013) and in 2015 hosted by the Institute for Management and Professional Training (IMPT), Yaounde. In all, over 250 postgraduate students, researchers, regulatory agency, health-based NGO’, company…workers dealing with chemicals have been trained.

    3. Three (3) successful rounds of training workshop on gender based violence – implications to women’s sexual and reproductive health rights (GBV-ReH, VAW 1-3) has been organized by IHAF, with over 75 single and married adults trained.

    4. Eighteen (18) batches of 3 months free of charge PPPMD internship has been organized at IHAF HQ secretariat since 2010 till date with over 250 youths trained with each of them paying no cost/francs but rather had full length access to the IHAF, theoretical and practical sessions and ended up working on a project of their choices and under strict mentorship by our facilitators. At the end of which a report was written and defended by each intern.

  • Book writing: Contributed 3 chapters in ISTISAN 239pages. These chapters are:

    1. “Risks to benefits of local foods: the case of red palm oil in Cameroon”, pp. 132-142, and

    2. “Community health risk perception, behavioral exposure and risk communication”, pp 97-104, both chapters in the Book entitled: Cameroon-Nigeria-Italy scientific cooperation: veterinary public health and sustainable food safety to promote "one health/one prevention". Edited by C. Frazzoli, EA Asongalem and OE Orisakwe. 2012, vi, 198 p. Rapporti ISTISAN 12/49. The volume is downloadable from: http://www.iss.it/publ/rapp/cont.php?id=2674&lang=1&tipo=5&anno=2012

    3. “Food security, climate change and sea level rise in coastal Cameroon” as chapter in the Book entitled: African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation, edited by Walter Leal Filho, Nicholas Ogugu, Lydia Adelake, Desalegn Ayal, Izael da Silva, 2020.

  • Need-Based Scholarships Scheme: Overall, in the 1st and 2nd editions, IHAF has paid school fees in form of fellowship award payable at the school cashier/bursar donated to some 6students, 12pupils (in 2012 i.e. 1st edition) and 4students, 12pupils (in September 2013 i.e. 2nd edition). Additionally, IHAF offered students, pupils and school development including book donations to libraries e.g. library of GHS Njikwa in September 2012, development support towards roofing a school toilet at GSS Akanunku in September 2013, and donation of writing materials and hygiene tools such as drinking water buckets, cups and jars donated to GS Emua in September 2013.