About Us

Health Research Foundation (HRF) is a peer research group that seeks to drive change through research and evidence-based practice. We provide a platform to support researchers across disciplines to develop their skills, conduct research projects, apply for and manage grants as well as developing networks and partnerships between researchers, institutions and professionals. We are keen on promoting social innovation in health and across other disciplines as well.We also run a variety of Centres to conduct and support focused research in key areas.


Our History

The concept of HRF was born in 2007 as a potential solution to the near absence of published research among the new generation of health professionals in Cameroon. HRF was conceived as a platform that could support research development and evidence-based practice directly through research projects and indirectly through capacity building for institutions and professionals. We conducted many small peer initiatives between 2007 and 2011 to expose colleagues and peers to the integration of research evidence into their practice. We obtained accreditation from the Ministry of Territorial Administration through decision No. 298/G.37/-D14-/-1–/VOL-T-/BAPP of 19 Sep 2011 from the regional services in Limbe SWR Cameroon. With the acute lack of sustainable mentorship opportunities, HRF remained focused on low key activities until 2018. With the availability of more competent professionals with rich educational experiences from the United Kingdom, USA and other advanced countries, we reorganised HRF in order to benefit from these professionals and their networks.

Our Mission

The mission of HRF Buea is to:

  • Promote the highest standards and combat fraud in education and professional practice
  • Transform lives through the innovative and multisectoral, integration of education and research in daily individual and community operations
  • Connect professionals and community stakeholders to synchronise education/research initiatives to community needs and expectations
  • Create a safe environment to promote exchanges towards intellectual, professional and community development
  • Create a never-ending network of enlightened agents of positive change

Our Vission

The vision of HRF Buea is of a world where education truly leads drives personal and community development, continuous improvement of quality of life and promotion of humanity. The strategic goal of HRF is to create a multidisciplinary platform that uses applied research to lead change in health care. This is to be achieved through projects that target health professions education, health professions practice; health and health-related research; professional advocacy; social accountability and community participation; and recognition of excellence in the areas targeted.

Our Structure

HRF has the following structures: advisory board (drawn from different backgrounds), executive board (that handles business) and the council of friends (interested volunteers and patrons)

Functional Structure

HRF will carry out its activities through a number of centres:

  • Centre for Positive Ageing
  • Centre for Maternal and Child Health
  • Centre for Innovation in Education and Research Development
  • Centre for Professional Integrity and Excellence
  • Centre for Social Accountability and Community Development
  • Centre for Herbal Medicine Research

Centres will operate under the guidance of a core team that is empowered to generate and implement projects within their spheres. Centres can co-opt external human resources and partner with other institutions as needed to advance the strategic plan of HRF.