Family photo with the trainees after the workshop.

Family photo with the trainees after the workshop.

Building a Healthier Future: eBASE Africa and the North West Regional Assembly (NWRA) Empower Communities Through Waste Management Workshop

Bamenda, Cameroon – March 15, 2024 – A collaborative effort between eBASE Africa, a leading environmental organization, and the North West Regional Assembly (NWRA), culminated in a successful one-day workshop held on March 14th, 2024, in Bamenda, Cameroon. Over 120 health practitioners and youth sanitary officers from all 34 sub-divisions of the North West Region participated. This intensive session equipped them with the knowledge and skills to tackle waste-related challenges and spark a wave of change within their communities.

Waste Management Champions Emerge

The workshop delved into three key areas:

  • Waste Management Fundamentals: Participants explored the origins and types of solid waste, along with the crucial role of the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" (RRR) hierarchy. Interactive sessions emphasized the practical application of these principles. By the workshop's conclusion, participants were buzzing with ideas for community-specific action plans to promote responsible waste management practices.
  • The Link Between Waste and Disease: The training shed light on the connection between improper waste disposal and the spread of communicable diseases. Participants left the workshop with a heightened awareness of specific illnesses associated with poor waste management and the critical role they play in preventing outbreaks within their communities.
  • Evidence-informed Decision Making: Recognizing the importance of evidence in crafting effective waste management strategies, the final module focused on data quality. Participants gained valuable insights into identifying and rectifying data issues, formulating key questions for analysis, and utilizing appropriate tools for data collection. These skills will enable them to make informed decisions that truly address the specific waste management needs of their communities.

A Ripple Effect of Positive Change

Professor Fru Angwafor III, President of the NWRA, emphasized the organization's commitment to supporting health practitioners and youth sanitary officers. He announced the NWRA's intention to provide ongoing training and implement further initiatives, aimed at creating a disease-free environment.
The workshop concluded on a high note, with participants expressing a strong sense of shared purpose and commitment. They didn't just leave with knowledge; they left with a burning desire to make a difference. This collective effort will undoubtedly have a significant impact on fostering a culture of responsible waste management practices.

Measurable Impact: A Look Ahead

The workshop's success goes beyond participation. Here are some key takeaways:

Community Education and Awareness: Participants are committed to educating residents about the importance of proper waste management and the link to public health. This will be achieved through community outreach programs, workshops, and public awareness campaigns.

The Road to a Healthier Future
The success of this workshop underscores the importance of collaboration between environmental organizations, government bodies, and community health professionals. By working together, these entities can empower individuals to make informed choices about waste management practices, leading to a cleaner, healthier environment for all.