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Remarks by Ambassador Lamora On the Occasion of Site Visit within the Framework of the Key Interventions
to Develop Systems and Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (KIDSS Project)
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April 19, 2022

Remarks by Ambassador Lamora
On the Occasion of Site Visit within the Framework of the Key Interventions to Develop Systems and Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (KIDSS Project)

CODAS CARITAS, Douala, Littoral Region

April 13, 2022

The Archbishop of Douala,
The Regional Delegate for the Public Health,
The Regional Coordinator of the National HIV Control program,
The Director of the District Hospital of Nylon,
The Country Director of the Catholic Relief Services,
The Country Director of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF),
The CODAS CARITAS team,
The project team for the OVC/KIDSS project,
Civil society members,
Dear orphans and vulnerable children and their families who have touched me so deeply, to the heart, with all these testimonies, songs, and readings,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

E-MA-NE (“Good morning” in Duala, local language of the Duala tribe),

ME-YE-GA BE (“Good morning” in Bassa, local language of the Bassa tribe),

Bonjour.

It is an honor for me to be here with you today. It’s great to be back in Douala, where my diplomatic career started 30 years ago. I love this city and have great memories of my time here.

I would like to thank CODAS CARITAS and the project team for hosting me today so that I could see firsthand the incredible work being done to help orphans and vulnerable children. Today, I saw children and caregivers who are hopeful for the future regardless of their HIV status, which is a level of resilience that I think all of us can learn from.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The United States is the largest donor in the fight against HIV in Cameroon and across the world. Since 2003, the U.S. government, through PEPFAR, has saved more than 20 million lives around the world, preventing millions of HIV infections globally. In Cameroon, we work with the government, civil society, and the private sector in all 10 regions.

Our work with Cameroon is paying dividends. Cameroon is on track to achieve HIV epidemic control ahead of the UNAIDS 2030 timeline. That milestone will make a tremendous difference in the lives of so many individuals, including the children and caregivers I met here today.

I would like to express my deep gratitude to the CODAS Caritas, and the other community-based organizations working very hard to support these children and their families.

My deep gratitude also goes to the USG Implementing Partners in the Littoral Region Catholic Relief Service (CRS) and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF), whose joint efforts have permitted to build strong systems over the years to help orphans and vulnerable children.

Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the Government of the Republic of Cameroon for facilitating and ensuring the coordination of this project at the national, regional and district level. Dear Mr. Regional Delegate of Health, kindly transmit my appreciation to the Minister of Public Health.

The United States and Cameroon can achieve so much together to build a more peaceful, just, and healthy future for both of our countries.

Before I conclude my remarks, I would like to share with you something personal. Since I returned to Cameroon six weeks ago, I’ve been trying to get used to “Your Excellency” – that is how people have been calling me every time I walk into a hall, or when they are in a conversation with me… “Hello your Excellency…Yes your Excellency… No your Excellency, etc. »

But sincerely, I don’t think I did anything special in my life to get this title. However, all of you present here, … the doctors, the social workers, the parents, the grandmother who gave the testimony, and the children… YOU all taught me today what the word “EXCELLENCY” really means, and for that, I say thank you.

We are together!