Humanitarian Response: Child Protection Area of Responsibility (AoR)
Children continue to be the main population group affected by the crisis in the NWSW regions of Cameroon, with reports of increased cases of Gender-Based Violence against children and adolescents in the regions. Several cases of early pregnancies, forced/early marriages and child labour were reported.
During the reporting period, more than 55,000 beneficiaries were reached by Child Protection actors, with a variety of child protection interventions/activities. The interventions included the provision of psychosocial support services to children and caregivers, reaching 10,148 beneficiaries (7,371 children and 2,777 adults); case management for unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) and other vulnerable children, reaching 797 children (452 girls and 345 boys); and awareness raising sessions to sensitize communities on child protection risks and concerns, GBV and COVID-19 preventive measures and symptoms, reaching 36,114 beneficiaries (22,397 children and 13,717 adults).
The Child Protection Area of Responsibility also conducted five training sessions on child protection case management. This included three sessions in Bamenda for Child Protection actors implementing in the NW and two in Buea for Child Protection actors based in the SW, strengthening the technical capacities of Child Protection partners. Every training session included 25 participants from different national and international NGOs and respected the COVID-19 mitigation measures.