Sections & Offices

The Public Affairs Section explains and promotes American policy to the Cameroonian public, acts as a focal point for media and cultural relations, and advises the other members of the Embassy on issues related to communication and public diplomacy. The Public Affairs Section works closely with other sections of the Embassy and with Cameroonian institutions to strengthen bilateral ties between the United States and Cameroon.

Our programs and services:

Contact Information
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday: 07:30 – 17:00
Friday: 07:30 to 12:30
Phone number:  (237) 2220-4492
Fax number: (237) 2220-14-02

The Political and Economic Section, which also operates Commercial Services, monitors a wide range of topics in Cameroon such as:

  • Human Rights
  • Democratic progress and elections
  • Legislation
  • Social and civic freedoms and religious expression
  • Labor relations and student activism
  • Governance
  • Macroeconomic stability and growth
  • Business climate
  • U.S. investment and trade
  • HIPC debt relief

The State Department issues two major reports for every country in the world, including Cameroon. The Political Officer is responsible, along with appropriate Washington DC-based officials, for drafting and editing these reports available here. They include:

  • Cameroon Country Report on Human Rights Practices
  • Cameroon International Religious Freedom Report
  • Trafficking in Persons Report – Cameroon

The Political and Economic Section also implements regional projects such as:

  • CARPE (Central African Regional Program for the Environment) is a USAID regional program for rainforest conservation. Operations were initiated in Cameroon in 1998.
  • GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is program implemented in conjunction with Peace Corps and the Cameroon Ministry of Education in ten pilots schools throughout the country.
  • FHA/SFPS (Family Health and AIDS Prevention) is a regional USAID project.
  • EDDI (Education for Democracy and Development Initiative) is a program which gives scholarships to needy girls in Cameroon to encourage and support them in their efforts to continue their education. This program also supports a limited number of other activities promoting girls’ education in Cameroon.

The Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché (SDO/DATT) is the senior representative of the DoD in Cameroon.  The SDO/DATT oversees the Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) and Defense Attaché Office (DAO).  The OSC focuses on building operational and institutional capacity and developing human capital and cooperative military activities and development with Cameroon, including peacekeeping, maritime security, international military training, and humanitarian assistance.  These capacity building activities complement Department of State programs and are planned with the U.S. Embassy Country Team.  The DAO represents the DoD to the Government of Cameroon and military, assists and advises the U.S. Ambassador on military matters, and coordinates other political-military actions within their area of accreditation.

The Defense Attaché can be reached at the following address:

US Defense Attaché
U.S. Embassy
Avenue Rosa Parks
Yaounde, Cameroon
Phone: (237) 22251- 4000 / (237) 22220-1500
Fax: (+237) 2220 1500 x4530

Additional Information

Since 1800s the Marines have been in the forefront protecting American lives and property. In 1835, we can find the first recorded instance of direct protective support of an American diplomatic mission. During the next 70 years, scores of landings were made by Marines to provide this protective support to foreign service missions and American communities in periods of unusual turmoil. Because of the increased intelligence activities of various foreign nations following World War II, it became apparent to Congress that a pressing need existed for around-the-clock protection of United States diplomatic missions abroad by alert and reliable American personnel. This need was enacted into law with the passage of the Foreign Service Act of 1946. “The Secretary of the Navy is authorized, upon the request of the Secretary of State, to assign enlisted members of the Navy and the Marine Corps to serve as custodians under supervision of the Principal Officer at an Embassy, Legation or Consulate”. This provision has been incorporated in 10 U.S.C. 713 by the 34th Congress.

Under the legislation, the Secretary of the Navy placed the responsibility upon the Marine Corps to provide enlisted Marines who meet the Department of State’s security guard requirements at Foreign Service posts throughout the world.

Marines assigned to the Marine Security Guard (MSG) program fall under the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG), which is located at Quantico, Virginia. MSGs are vetted, trained, and certified at MCESG prior to their assignment at a MSG Detachment. After this certification, MSGs are assigned to a Foreign Service post’s MSG Detachment, which is under the immediate command of a Detachment Commander (DetCmdr).  The DetCmdr is a Marine who is a Staff Non-Commissioned Officer who is operationally responsible to the Regional Security Officer and Ambassador or appointed delegates. In addition to the Detachments operational command, the MSG Detachment has an assigned administrative Regional command under a Regional Commanding Officer whose duties are specified by MCESG and Headquarter Marine Corps.

A Brief Overview

The US Peace Corps was established in 1961 to promote world peace and friendship through the work of American Volunteers in social and economic development projects. Currently around 2,200 Peace Corps Volunteers are serving in 28 African countries. In Cameroon, over 130 Volunteers are involved in projects in Education, Community Health, Water and Sanitation, Agriculture, Forestry and Environment, and Small Business development.

The Three Goals of Peace Corps in Cameroon

  • Help the people of Cameroon meet their need for trained manpower
  • Promote a better understanding of the American people on the part of the Cameroonian people
  • Promote a better understanding of the Cameroonian people on the part of the American people.

Peace Corps Volunteers in Cameroon are serving in rural areas in all ten provinces. They each make a commitment to live and work for two years within the schools and communities in which they are placed. Through the Peace Corps’ Teachers’ Skills Upgrading/Training Project, Peace Corps Volunteers collaborate with Cameroonian educators to empower primary and secondary school teachers by strengthening their teaching and classroom management skills. Current educational emphasis is placed on improving the teaching of English, math and science. The Volunteers also act as facilitators, assisting in strengthening links between schools and their communities. Examples include the establishment of school and community libraries, HIV/AIDS awareness, sex education and life skills, environmental education, computer literacy development, income generating projects for women, and community gardens.

Visit https://www.peacecorps.gov/cameroon/ for more information.

the information below is in the process of being updated

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Embassy Branch Office is the processing of cargo in the Douala port for five American Embassies in the Central African region.

America Citizen Services

The Embassy Branch Office no longer provides American Citizen Services.  For emergency as well as non-emergency services, please call:

U.S. Embassy, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Telephone: (237) 22251- 4000 / (237) 22220-1500 X 4341
Facsimile: (237) 22220-1572

For after-hours U.S. citizen emergencies, please call (237) 22220-1500 and follow the voice message directions

Travel Services

For persons travelling through Douala on official U.S. government orders, EBO can supply the following services:

  • Check cashing facilities
  • Expediting services
  • Hotel reservation
  • Plane reservation

General Inquiries and Procurement Services

All general inquiries about travel and procurement services should be addressed to:

Embassy Branch Office (EBO)

Phone: (237) 33342-5331 or (237) 33342-0303
Fax: (237) 33342-7790

EBO Fact Sheet


Official Embassy Services

  • Official Cameroon agent to clear diplomatic cargo for embassies located in Yaoundé, Bangui and Ndjamena, plus freight forwarding to embassies in Bangui and Ndjamena
  • Provide representational activities to support the goals of the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé
  • Full travel support for official visitors from the U.S., including currency exchange, hotel reservations, ground transportation and assistance at the Douala Airport
  • Full logistics support for U.S. Embassy events in Douala
  • Procurement and administrative services to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Backup Procurement services to the U.S. embassies in Yaoundé, Ndjamena and Bangui

Commercial Business Activities

  • Support for the American Chamber of Commerce of Cameroon, the American School of Douala and the Overseas Security Advisory Committee
  • Commercial services to local companies wanting to do business with the United States
  • Drafting of commercial reports for local companies, for submission to the U.S. Department of Commerce, on business opportunities originating from the Cameroon private sector or the government
  • Commercial services to U.S. companies wanting to do business with Cameroon businesses, including the Gold Key Program
  • On request, provide background information to U.S. companies about local Cameroon businesses that seek to do business with U.S. based companies

History of the Embassy Branch Office

  • In 1964, the American Consulate was opened in Douala, seven years after the appointment of the first U.S. Consul in Cameroon and the establishment of the U.S. Consulate in Yaounde.
  • The American Consulate in Douala, closed in 1993, offered a full range of consular services to American citizens abroad, including passport issuance, notarials, attestations, true copies, reports of birth abroad and emergency American citizen services. In addition to these services, the Consulate also maintained a visa issuance section serving Cameroonians and other third-country nationals seeking to visit the United States.
  • In 1993, upon the official closure of the American Consulate Douala, the Central Africa Logistics Office (CALO) was opened. CALO received and forwarded U.S. Government cargo to U.S. embassies in Yaoundé, N’djamena, Bangui and Malabo. CALO also provided American presence and representation in the Littoral province for the American Embassy in Yaoundé.
  • In 2000, CALO was renamed the Embassy Branch Office (EBO). It expanded to include most American citizen Services, travel assistance to official American visitors, including airport expediting, motorpool services, foreign currency exchange and hotel reservations. The EGO now provides a full range of support for Commercial activities, including the American Chamber of Commerce in Cameroon.
  • EBO Douala currently employs eight Cameroonian nationals and one American officer.

American Presence in Douala

  • There is a substantial American community in Douala.
  • The American School of Douala has an enrollment of over 130 students. Aside from a large American student community, 35% of the student body is Cameroonian. Other nationalities are represented as well.
  • Many American citizens are employed in U.S. companies, such as AES-SONEL; Pecten Cameroon; Transnational Automotive Group Cameroon; Citibank, Chevron Texaco Cameroon; Tidewater Marine International, Inc., Halliburton; United Parcel Service (UPS); American School of Douala; African American Academy and Cameroon Oil Transportation Company (COTCO) plus other multinational companies.
  • Most of the American companies are members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cameroon, whose headquarters is located in Douala.

 

 

PEPFAR is the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the U.S. Government initiative to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic around the world. This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single global disease. PEPFAR investments help alleviate suffering from other diseases such as TB and malaria and support countries health infrastructure by investing in laboratories and supply chain systems. PEPFAR is driven by a shared responsibility among donors and partner nations to make smart, targeted investments to save and improve lives.

In 2020, Cameroon has an estimated number of 504,472 People Living with HIV (PLHIV). Overall, adult HIV prevalence continues to decrease, moving from 5.4% in 2004 to 2.7% in 2018. However, prevalence among women continues to be nearly twice that of men with four out of five new infections among women aged 15-64.

In Cameroon, PEPFAR has invested $197,924,993 from 2012 – 2019 and has a current annual budget of $92 million. The initiative is administered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Departments of Defense (DoD) and State (DoS), and the Peace Corps. Cameroonian and international implementing partners conduct program activities in the areas of prevention,  HIV testing and counseling, HIV treatment, care and support, prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT), laboratory strengthening, strategic information, and other health systems strengthening. All PEPFAR investments are aligned with Cameroon’s National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan and work to strengthen the capacity of Cameroon’s government, non-governmental and private sectors, and civil society to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. PEPFAR remains committed to supporting the GRC in achieving HIV epidemic control.

“The American people, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), invest in Cameroon’s greatest resource – its people. USAID programs further its global mission of promoting and demonstrating democratic values abroad, and advancing a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. Our work ranges from supporting economic growth and trade, addressing pressing health concerns and countering violent extremism. For more information regarding how USAID partners with Cameroonians to achieve peace and prosperity on a road toward self-reliance, visit https://www.usaid.gov/cameroon.”

OUR WORK COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM

USAID is working to undermine Boko Haram and ISIS-WA’s ability to operate and recruit by supporting local efforts that build resilience against violent extremism. By directly supporting positive local actors and leveraging USAID and other donor initiatives, USAID is stabilizing communities most affected by violent extremism and enabling the return of internally displaced persons. USAID’s regional program, Voices for Peace, is a community led project which aims to reduce vulnerability to extremism by amplifying local voices and encouraging dialogue of peace and tolerance, by identifying drivers of conflict and promoting positive narratives.

ECONOMIC GROWTH AND TRADE

The West Africa Trade and Investment Hub helps farmers and firms compete and attract investments to the region to boost regional and global trade. The Trade Hub offers training regarding exports to government officials, business associations, and Cameroonian companies on the documentation and procedures required for export to the United States.

ENVIRONMENT

The Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) fosters conservation of the tropical forest in Cameroon and other countries in Central Africa, by providing technical assistance to government institutions for strengthening forest resource management capacity. Specifically, this program support aims to: 1) strengthen the policy and regulatory framework supporting sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation; 2) build and strengthen capacity at local, national and regional levels to monitor forest cover change, greenhouse emissions and biodiversity.

GLOBAL HEALTH

The Government of Cameroon (GoC) has made significant commitments to reducing new HIV/AIDS infections and providing treatment to those living with the disease. However, the level of public spending on health is not sufficient to support these goals. Through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), USAID activities build partnerships to provide HIV prevention, care, and treatment throughout Cameroon with a focus on key and vulnerable populations including orphans and adolescent girls. As a Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) focus country, interventions center around strengthening health facility service delivery, routine net distribution, support for training, strengthening pharmaceutical management, supply chain and procurement of Insecticide Treated Nets, Rapid Diagnostic Tests, antimalarial, and preventive treatments. In health financing, PEPFAR, PMI, and other resources provide targeted technical assistance to the GoC in support of its sustainable health financing strategy and efforts to reduce or eliminate the impact of user fees as a barrier to accessing health services. Programs also promote the Global Health Security Agenda and assist the GoC to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to infectious disease threats, and emerging pandemics including those that originate from animals. USAID’s neglected tropical diseases program fights diseases that can be cured or prevented by distributing drugs donated by the pharmaceutical industry.

WORKING IN CRISES AND CONFLICT

USAID is Cameroon’s leading donor of humanitarian assistance. We provide emergency food and nutrition assistance through market-based interventions that reduce acute food insecurity among the most vulnerable populations. We help build resilient households and communities by supporting disaster risk reduction activities designed to protect and restore livelihood assets. We assist humanitarian partners working in health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as in agriculture, food security, protection, humanitarian coordination and critical air services.

YOUTH

USAID also invests in Cameroon through the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  Based at the Regional Leadership Center ( RLC) in Ghana, West Africa,    The YALI RLC, offers interactive and experiential training to participants from Cameroon and eight West African countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo. The program has three study tracks: Business & Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, and Public Management, facilitated through hybrid and purely online models. The hybrid program is divided into four phases – a coursework phase delivered online and onsite. The remaining 3 phases are distributed equally among a mentorship program, internship or community service, and a report-writing period. The online program is divided into four phases – a coursework phase delivered online and the remaining 3 phases distributed equally among a mentorship program, internship or community service, and a report-writing period. The RLC is run as a public-private partnership, with the MasterCard Foundation, Africa 2.0, the Ghana Private Enterprise Federation, The DOW Chemical Company, Ecobank, and Microsoft among the key partners. Currently there are 405 Cameroon graduates.

CONTACTS

Country Office
Paul Richardson, Country Director
Rosa Parks Avenue
P.O. Box 817
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Phone: +237-222-201-500

USAID HEADQUARTERS
Christopher Merriman, Country Desk Officer USAID/Cameroon
Washington, DC 20523
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Email: cmerriman@usaid.gov

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC started in Cameroon in 1998 with an HIV/AIDS research-based field site and transitioned to HIV program support in 2008 based on a memorandum of agreement between the United States and the Republic of Cameroon on cooperation to prevent and control HIV/AIDS, Avian Influenza and other infectious diseases. With over 23 staff, CDC’s vision is to improve the health of Cameroonians with a main focus on HIV prevention, care and treatment through technical and financial assistance through collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the National AIDS Control Committee, WHO, UNICEF and local and international implementing partners.

The HIV/AIDS Program aligns with the Cameroon government Strategic plan and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which focus on:

  • Preventing Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS by supporting over 550 clinics to provide PMTCT services–almost a quarter of such facilities in Cameroon. In FY2013, over 83,000 pregnant women were tested with CDC’s support.
  • Ensuring Blood Safety to improve the supply of voluntary non-remunerated blood donation from the current 10% to over 50%. CDC has worked to develop national policies/guidelines, supported the creation of hospital transfusion committees in all ten regions, and establishing a national coordination platform for blood banks.
  • Health Systems Strengthening through quality improvement programs at over 200 laboratory facilities in Cameroon and the development of an external quality assurance program. CDC also supports early infant HIV diagnosis testing for half of the country through its laboratory center (testing over 18,000 infants as of November 2013) and is preparing to assist the government to renovate its national public health lab and improve health-related data collection/analysis.

Other CDC Programs in Cameroon:

Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP): CDC leads a regional training program for Cameroon, CAR, and the DRC to prepare health professionals to efficiently face the challenges of prevention, detection, surveillance, control, and response management regarding potentially epidemic diseases.

Outbreak Investigations (e.g Cholera and Avian Influenza): The CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) along with FELTP provides support to Cameroon to respond to infectious disease outbreaks and provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Health to respond to a variety of outbreaks.

The Regional Security Office provides a range of services to U.S. citizens, the U.S. private sector, U.S. domestic law enforcement, and foreign law enforcement organizations.  Each office is managed by a senior DSS Special Agent who also serves as the U.S. Ambassador’s principal law enforcement and security advisor.  That senior agent holds the title Regional Security Officer (RSO).

The Regional Security Office:

  • Protects U.S. diplomatic facilities, personnel, and information.
  • Serves as the U.S. embassy’s law enforcement liaison to the host nation.
  • Arranges training for foreign police and security services to combat terrorism.
  • Advises Americans about safety and security abroad and assists U.S. related schools and organizations in obtaining security grants.
  • Shares security information with the U.S. private sector through the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).

Contact Information
Phone number: +237 222 51 4014
Email: DS_RSO__Yaounde@state.gov