Clarisse Loe Loumou

A Pediatrician with a focus in gastroenterology and nutrition, Clarisse has 18 years’ experience in clinical pediatrics in Yaoundé Cameroon. She is the former head and actual associate of the unit of pediatric nutrition, mother and child center–CBF in Yaoundé-Cameroon. Clarisse teaches malnutrition classes for mothers of malnourished children. She has served as a lecturer at the medical school of Yaoundé Cameroon and is the co-founder of ALTERNATIVE SANTE, a Cameroonian NGO for advocacy, education and information on child survival in suburban and rural areas. Clarisse also works to support local financing for immunization in partnership with Sabin institute local office in Cameroon. She has been a member of the Gavi CSO Steering Committee since March 2010 and has spearheaded the implementation of the francophone CSO network for vaccination and immunization advocacy in francophone African countries.

Alternative Santé is a 16 year-old, non-governmental association in Cameroon, devoted to facilitating better access to health for children and their mothers. To date, Alternative Santé’s work has focused on education and mobilisation via partnership. A good example of this is our partnership with a number of district health centres, where we use the opportunity of new mothers coming for weekly visits to provide them with educational resources and materials about how to care for their own health, and that of their new child. We also engage in partnerships with rural communities for data collection on vaccination programmes, malnutrition rates, and exclusive breastfeeding rates. Alternative Santé operates by creating a dynamic link with the nearest health unit.

Alternative Santé is a partner of the MoH and part of many networks, including the Cameroon Coalition Against Malaria (CCAM), Cameroon Breastfeeding Association (CBA), and the Cameroon Network of Health NGOs (ROSACAM).