Mr. Francis Njuakom Nchii is the founder and Chief Executive of CDVTA, Cameroon’s leading organization promoting homecare for the elderly at the grassroots level. Mr. Njuakom has 21 years of experience working in the community development sector, 18 of which have been spent in the aged care sector.
Mr. Njuakom is the coordinator of Nouvelle Planete projects in Cameroon, an Ambassador for CommonAge in Cameroon; a member of the Cameroon Pilote Committee on ageing issues at the Ministry of Social Affairs; a member of the National Committee for Maternal, Child and Adolescent health with the Ministry of Public Health; and a member of the African Society for Ageing Research and Development.
Mr. Njuakom recently visited American aged caregivers in 12 states, in collaboration with leading ageing support technology company It’s Never 2 Late, in a bid to establish strong network collaborations to support the emerging aged care sector in Cameroon.
Mr. Njuakom successfully oversaw the completion of a DFID five-year funded project on realizing rights and improving livelihoods of elderly people in Cameroon’s rural communities. In collaboration with All We Can UK, he is presently overseeing the implementation of a five-year strategic aged care plan. The project aims to ensure the effective replication of DFID best practices with older people in other regions of Cameroon.
Mr. Njuakom holds a first class honours degree in social work, a higher diploma in community development, and certificates in social gerontology, advocacy and leadership. He was awarded the Sheila McKechnie Foundation International Campaigner Award by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2008. In May 2016, the President of Cameroon honoured Mr. Njuakom with the prestigious title and rank of Knight of the Cameroon National Order of Valour for his 21 years of stewardship in community development, care, and support for older people in Cameroon. He has been conferred with many titles and honours by traditional rulers throughout Cameroon for championing community development initiatives and ageing issues in many communities and tribes.
Mr. Njuakom is well-travelled and has delivered keynote addresses at major world conferences on ageing, advocacy, community development, human rights, climate change, and leadership. He has given many interviews on older people’s issues in national and international media, including the BBC World Service, Radio France International, Radio Swiss Romade, and a range of international newspapers and magazines.