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Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services
Trans-fat (TFA) elimination in Cameroon
The Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services is a faith-based non-governmental organization that provides hospital and community-based health services through 83 health facilities in remote and urban settings. The Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Control Program (NCD-PCP) seeks to reduce preventable deaths and disability from NCDs through the creation of awareness, improving the knowledge on NCDs and providing access to, and conducting routine and opportunistic screening for diabetes, hypertension and obesity using a novel strategy called Know Your Numbers (KYN).
This project will generate data on trans fat consumption in Cameroon by collecting food diaries in urban and rural districts in the North West, South West, Centre, West and Adawama regions. The CBC Health Services will also measure the amount of trans fats found in prepared and other packaged foods identified in the food diaries. Based on their findings, the CBC Health Services will help draft trans fat elimination policies and organize consultative meetings and workshops with stakeholders in government and industry to secure buy-in.
"Trans fats should have no place in our diets however, eliminating trans fats in our foods is no easy task – we must collaborate with our partners in government and in the food industry to make this undertaking a joint vision and goal."
-Pius Tih, Director of CBC Health Services