Foundation Grant Extends Reach of DAISY Foundation to Students and Faculty in Cameroon

Foundation Grant Extends Reach of DAISY Foundation to Students and Faculty in Cameroon
November 10, 2023

Foundation Grant Extends Reach of DAISY Foundation to Students and Faculty in Cameroon

Yaoundé, CMR (Nov 10, 2023) – The DAISY Foundation™, through a grant from the Health Carousel Foundation, is proud to announce recipients of the DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty and Nursing Students. Altogether, three student nurses and two faculty members of EXHIST University were recognized.

This is the second DAISY award ceremony at the university, with ten awards being provided altogether. Each award recipient received a DAISY certificate, pin, and a "Healer's Touch" statuette, all of which are underwritten by the Health Carousel Foundation's partnership with DAISY to create the DAISY International Advocate Program. This program now sponsors DAISY recognition programs in four countries.

"He was always up to attend to us patients, even when is mates were asleep. This drew my attention, and I decided to have a one-on-one chat with him to get to know him more. His passion and determination to assist the needy made me feel so emotional. He plans to work in the Northern regions after his RN exam. For him, many people avoid these regions since the economic and living conditions are so poor, and as such, they don't have access to quality healthcare services." - comments shared by EXIST University administrators on recipient Joel Kiteu, Student Nurse.

Details on each of the award winners from Cameroon can be viewed on the DAISY Foundation website.

Nurse Recognition Key to Retention and Satisfaction Amid Tough Conditions

Cameroon faces a severe healthcare professional crisis and an overwhelming disease burden. For example, Cameroon has an estimated half a million people living with HIV, and malaria affects over three million people yearly. Additionally, maternal and infant mortality rates are high. Schools such as EXHIST University aim to improve the number of trained nurses and healthcare for citizens. Programs such as the DAISY Award aid in building and retaining the nursing workforce by providing much-needed recognition of their extraordinary efforts.

About EXHIST University

Located in Yaoundé, Cameroon, EXHIST University was founded in 2019 and is affiliated with the University of Bamenda. EXHIST embraces an experiential system of training to deliver value to students aspiring to become experts in varied professions of sciences and arts. This training model equips students with the relevant hard and soft skills needed to compete in job markets nationally and internationally. The university offers both undergraduate and Master's nursing degree programs. More information is available at

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired the creation of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, an evidence-based means of providing nurse recognition and thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. Today, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 5,600 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing through recognition programs that honor the super-human work nurses do wherever they practice, in whatever role they serve, and throughout their careers – from Nursing Student through Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, Health Equity Grants and Medical Mission Grants. More information is available at

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