Living conditions tend to be basic but there is a strong sense of family and community. Typical family income for a coffee and cocoa farmer in Cameroon is very low but the guaranteed levels of prices offered through Fairtrade trading arrangements are making a difference to standards of living and to community investment.
The mud huts with thatched roofs that were typical are increasingly being replaced by roofs of galvanized 'zinc' sheeting over walls made of concrete blocks.
Infant mortality has decreased from 21% to 7% ...
2004 estimates for Cameroon as a whole suggest that there are no more than 7 doctors and 26 nurses for every 100,000 people (only about a quarter of the Africa-wide position).