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CAHMS vs ROHMS

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Computer Aided Hospital Management System/Rural Oriented Hospital Management System

The whole pallet, from service up to operation has to be organized, which creates costs, -very characteristic of institutions in urban areas. This is quite opposite to institutions far away from the cities. The lack of finances, regarding staff as well as in the planning and use of the operating costs, needs to be appropriately taken into consideration. A rural oriented hospital management system (ROHMS) must take these factors into account. The difference between CAHMS and ROHMS is in location. In urban areas, a hospital functions only when the industrial-technological pre-conditions are met; i.e. personnel, training, patient care, air-conditioning, etc., must be adjusted. A problem in other cultures, for example, is the patient care by relatives, which often leads to difficulties in the recovery process and brings new health risks with it. In a ROHMS, specific characteristics of rural life are taken into account. 

The energy production is different, the employees are not confused through industrial training, the water supply, incl. Drainage is completely different as compared to urban areas. The traditional knowledge is used, natural climate control is utilized, local materials and traditional, yet adapted, forms of construction are used. The staff follows local forms of remuneration based on the traditional culture. Although this described system is already being practiced in an environmentally friendly manner etc., the influence of the resource-devouring, environmentally damaging industrial system is so widespread, that reasonable alternatives are unlikely to prevail.

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posted @ 11:52 AM, ,

CAT Celebrates 15th Open Door Day With Kids Craft Corner, Trainees Awarded Certificates

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By Ignatius Nji


Training of Trainees, Tombola draws ignites excitement

The Center for Appropriate Technology, CAT with headquarter in Bamenda celebrated its 15th open Door day on Saturday February 20 2016 in partnership with volunteers of the SES/Germany and DGFK The ceremony aimed at showcasing what the volunteers have done during this period and this brought together a good number of kids and adults who savored the skilled rich CAT Kids Club exhibition of crafts made out environmentally friendly material and tombola draws where everybody won many gifts which includes a hot chocolate and Cake prepared with sunpower.


Other activities that characterized the event of the day was the award of certificates to trainers of trainees to encourage craft among children which would impact on their creative thinking.These certificates that were handed after a workshop on craft making, were cosigned by the Program Director of CAT Njini Victor and the trainer Renate Perner /SES. Some very beautiful crafts were on display such as the jumping Jack, butterflies, bees and trees which are all pointing at sense toward environmental protection. Other series of certificates were handed to Chief Dr. Mbangni Thomas, of Royal Rehabilitation Center who doubles as head of department for traditional medicine at the Royal University Center RUC and to Mr. Njini Victor/ CAT, through HRH Dr. Leshey I. from Royal University Center. There was another award of certificates to trainees after a workshop with Marlis Bartkiewitz-Schmid/SES in the Department of Traditional Medicine of RUC in Alahnkie. The training successfully brought to bare a traditional medicine for prostate cancer. To facilitate traditional medicine activities at RUC / Dept for Traditional Medicine Chief Dr. Thomas was handed over a Solar-Dryer for herbs by the Program Director of CAT.
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German Volunteer Demonstrates Sustainable Rainwater Collection

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By Ignatius Nji

The so much literature on climate change and its dangers on both plants and animals is evidently affecting the eco-system and causing the volume of water to shrink by day. This phenomenon is as a result of human activities in either felling of trees that minimize production of oxygen or from industrial activities that emit ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere, has become a global cause for concern.


The soil is drying up with the heated climate so much so that in most communities especially in most third world countries with Cameroon inclusive, water rationing has become the order of the day in both semi-urban and urban areas. To salvage the situation and make available enough water in communities, is the collection of rain water during the rainy season and stored in reservoir for later use. A German volunteer, Professor Norbert Pintsch/SES who has been working with the Alahnkie community in Mankon-Bamenda in the pass several years has introduced the rainwater collection system which he terms it Environment Project Solution_ Rainwater Collection as way to safe drinking water. According to Prof Pintsch/SPATH speaking at the Alahnkie Palace last February 16, 2016, said this method of collecting rainwater which is not recommended for drinking, would salvage the water wasted to the soil which could be used for washing of dresses, cars and mob the floors while the limited drinking water is highly maximized. This method though new in some areas, Prof Pintsch says it is practiced in his home country Germany where environment protected household are connected with two quality of water; that for flushing of toilets, shower, washing of cars and cleaning of the house and the other strictly for drinking.

In order to have enough water for use in spite the scarcity, communities should adopt the rain water collection system just like is the case at the Acha annex Hospital Bafoussam where a reservoir is filled with rainwater in the rainy season and used in the hospital for four months during the dry season.

In the same vein Professor Pintsch also carried out a pH test on the quality of water from a solar borehole water scheme funded last year by the German Embassy, Cameroon in partnership with the beneficiary population of Alahnkie under the umbrella of Royal Development Cooperation, founded by Good Will Ambassador King Leshey Simon, executed through CAT-Cameroon. The pH test kit which is for personal use, produced a positive result of 6.8 ph which according to Professor Pintsch is very good for drinking. He cautioned that the pH test kit which is to carry out test in water of salinity and chalk can not be relied upon to produce in depth scientific results in the case of an industrial scale production of water.

In order to facilitate in making known the activities of King Leshey Simon at the Royal Higher Institute for Rehabilitation, Development and Reformation, Professor Pintsch/Njini Victor of CAT handed over a draft copy in both soft and print, a small description of projects, partly in cooperation with the Center for appropriate technology for later multiplication and distribution. An elated King Leshey Simon thanked Professor Pintsch for making work easier for him and his community. Dr Leshey Thomas, chief of cabinet for the Royal University for indigenous medicine and Technology, reminded Prof Pintsch and his team of volunteers that their activities in Alahnkie have greatly elevated the living standard of the over 10.000 people especial the water scheme and the improvement on traditional medicine, in cooperation with CAT-Cameroon The population came out in their numbers thanking the volunteers through a cultural dance and presented a traditional stool for the German Ambassador as a mark of gratitude for providing water at Alahnkie.

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German Embassy Provides Clean Water For Alahkie-Mankon

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By Ignatius Nji 

Lutz, Renate and Marlis Volunteers at CAT-Cameroon

The local community of Alahkie-Mankon located far away from Bamenda metropolis in Mezam Division has been provided with a clean drinking water. The water project which is a borehole drilled and water extracted from beneath granite and is generated from a depth of about 42 meters and pumped up in to 15600liters storage underground tank constructed in an elevated area of about 35 meters to supply to community through stand taps by use of solar pumps. The clean water project funded by the German Embassy in Yaounde and partly by the community at Alahkie, at a total cost of about FCFA 11 million was handed to the community of about 3000 inhabitants this Monday May 18, 2015.
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Training Nurses for Bush Hospitals, Sustaining Ecological, Economical and Socio-Cultural Components in Rural Communities

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By Ignatius Nji

Nji Marlis Bartkiewitz-Schmid (Nurse Trainer) Carrying out training at Alahkie

A mass campaign to educate local communities on how to live better with what they have on the ground as local materials is ongoing with the training of nurses for bush hospitals in the North West Region of Cameroon. This sensitization campaign is championed by the Center for Appropriate Technology (CAT) in collaboration with the Royal Rehabilitation and Reformation Center at Alahkie/Mankon with experts in traditional medicine. The nurses were trained by Marlis Bartkiewitz-Schmid from the Senior Expert Society (SES) in Bonn - Germany, in the use of traditional medicine (Indigenous) and methods of providing health care to patients in rural areas. The volunteer carried out study on how the traditional birth attendants go about assisting pregnant women during delivery.
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posted @ 9:59 AM, ,

Training Trainers on Arts, Craft for Environmental Protection, Recycling

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By Ignatius Nji

Some four trainees in Bamenda undertook a training to teach children arts and craft that promote environmental protection as used materials are being recycled and put in to use. This laudable initiative by a German Trainer, Renate PERNER from the Senior Expert Service (SES) Bonn, under the supervision of Prof PINTSCH of the Society for the Promotion of Appropriate Technology and Housing (SPATH) as coordinated at the Center for Appropriate Technology (CAT) is coming at a time that the government of Cameroon has ban the use of non biodegradable plastics.

Renate PERNER Training Trainers as Prof Norbert PINTSCH supervises
Providing alternative this training shall empower children in the schools and at home with the know-how to make shoppers’ bag from cheap materials such as newspapers and old textile which can not be harmful to environment. This environmental friendly arts and craft can be learned and practice by everybody to ensure that the environment is protected and safe especially in local communities. The main goal of this training is to foster sensitization on environmental protection and appropriate technology to as important solutions in local communities. The practice can go a long way to reverse the rapidity with which the climate change is affecting the biodiversity. Home made paper bags for shopping would replace the use of non biodegradable plastic that has taken a tool on the environment. 
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posted @ 10:42 AM, ,

Traditional Culture and Future Development

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Traditional Culture and Future Development
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Triple Decoration Dr Senta Siller

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