The Public Affairs Section explains and advocates American policy to the Cameroonian community, acts as a focal point for media and cultural relations, and advises the US Mission to Cameroon on the issues of public diplomacy. The Public Affairs Section works closely with other sections of the American Embassy and with Cameroonian institutions to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Cameroon.
Our programs and services:
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday: 07:30 – 17:00
Friday: 07:30 to 12:30
The Fax number of the Public Affairs Section is: (237) 2220-14-02
Political and Economic Section
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
- Social and civic freedoms and religious expression
- Labor relations and student activism
- 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.
Defense Attaché Office
The overall purpose of the Defense Attaché Office (DAO) is to conduct liaison between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Cameroonian Defense Ministry regarding issues of common interest and concern. The DAO is also responsible for Security Assistance, which includes several different programs funded by the U.S. Department of Defense:
International Military Training
The Defense Attaché can be reached at the following address:
US Defense Attaché
Avenue Rosa Parks
Phone: (+237) 2220 1500
Fax: (+237) 2220 1500 x4530
Marine Security Guard Detachment
Since 1800 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.
Marine Corps personnel assigned to the Marine Security Guard program are members of the Marine Security Guard Battalion headquarters at Quantico, Virginia. The Marine Security Guard School is also located there. Upon completion of Marine Security Guard School, Marines are assigned to a Foreign Service post under the immediate command of a Marine Staff Non-Commisioned Officer (Detachment Commander), who is operationally responsible to the ambassador or appointed delegates. In addition to the Detachment Commander, there is assigned to each regional area a Company Commander whose duties are specified by Headquarters 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.
Embassy Branch Office Douala
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) 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
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.
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
PEPFAR is the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the U.S. Government initiative to turn the tide of the HIV/AIDS epidemic around the world. This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally. PEPFAR investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases. PEPFAR is driven by a shared responsibility among donors and partner nations to make smart investments to save and improve lives.
In Cameroon, PEPFAR began in 2009-2010 and has since grown to an annual budget of about $26 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. About 15 Cameroonian and international implementing partners conduct field activities, often in collaboration with local sub-partners, in the areas of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT), prevention of sexual HIV transmission, blood safety, HIV testing and counseling, HIV care and support, 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.
USAID Cameroon Field Office
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was created; on November 3, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy through the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency providing development assistance to countries across the world. USAID implements the U.S Government’s foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress.
With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID’s strength is its field offices in more than 100 countries around the world.
USAID in Cameroon
In 2014, USAID’s footprint in Cameroon is estimated around $21.5 million, with 17 different programs focused on improving the health status of Cameroonians, conserving key forest resources, and assisting the government of Cameroon to address the needs of internally displaced persons and refugees. USAID’s Cameroon Office is a satellite of USAID/West Africa, though it receives funding from West and East Africa and directly from Washington.
USAID supports the following programs in Cameroon:
- Continuum of prevention, care, and treatment for HIV/AIDS with most-at-risk populations in Cameroon (CHAMP)
- Key Interventions to develop systems and services for OVC (KIDSS)
- Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS),
- Technical assistance to improve performance of projects financed through the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
Other major health programs focus on neglected tropical diseases (NTD); the fight against new, emerging, and reemerging pandemic threats (EPT), particularly of animal origin; and improving family planning and malaria programs in country.Beyond the healthcare sector, USAID supports Cameroon in:
- Assisting vulnerable refugees and host communities through the regional Food for Peace Office (USAID/FFP),
- Providing technical and financial assistance to the agro economic sector with African Cocoa Initiative (ACI)
- Reducing forest degradation and loss of biodiversity through the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE).
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.