Dorcas Ekambi Ekupe
I am Dorcas Ekambi Ekupe – a Freelance Journalist based in the far North of Cameroon precisely in Maroua – the capital of the Region. I love being the voice of issues that affects my community.
What inspired you to enter the World NTD Day Story telling competition?
What Inspired me is the fact that the region where I live – the Far North has a lot of cases of Neglected tropical diseases, NTDs. 1 in 4 persons have a type of NTDs. A whole Village was affected by NTDs and I thought I should write so that the globe should know the situation of NTDs in the region and more help could be rendered.I was also encouraged by the amount for the different prize winners and that the first 3 winners. So I travelled to a town where NTDs was at its peak with the hope that my expenses might be recovered.
Why does fighting NTDs matter to you?
Fighting NTDs matters to me because I want to see girls and boys in school. From my findings the children with serious forms of NTDs dropped out of school. Mind you, far North Cameroon is a region where education is neglected and is also the poorest region. Once a child or family member has NTDs, the family member taking care of the sick person is forced to give up on their peti trade to cater for their loved one.
How do you intend on continuing the fight against NTDs after this competition?
I intend to fight against NTDs by doing reports that expose the real disturbing situation of NTDS in my region and nation. Talking about it online, on my social media handles and visiting people, one on one to talk about NTDs because many people don’t even know what NTDs are all about.
What would be your request to your country’s leaders regarding fighting NTDs?
My request will be that the state and civil society organisations make care and treatment tests for NTDs free because mostly poor people in my region suffer from the disease.