Establishing project requirements for the Development of a local health care system in Cameroon


By Mario Kossmann, PhD 



This article illustrates a systematic mind-mapping based approach [1] to developing project requirements for projects in general, and charity projects in developing countries in particular; using a real example project that is concerned with the development of a local health care system in a deprived region of Cameroon. Having completed its feasibility phase in September 2013, this project is currently entering the detailed planning phase. Charity projects in developing countries often face particular challenges; a number of these are discussed in the paper and recommendations are given to appropriately address these challenges.

Project background

The population in the region around the village of Siliyegue, which is about 60 km from the capital of Cameroon Yaoundé (see Figure 1) and surrounded by villages with similar needs, is suffering from multiple diseases; lack of pastoral and spiritual care; lack of secondary education, professional training and employment perspectives; lack of infrastructure such as proper roads, electricity, running drinking water and waste disposal; as well as lack of medical care in case of emergencies, in particular regarding first aid and related transportation capabilities.

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Figure 1: Africa and Cameroon

The project considered in this context aims to identify the main underlying needs of the population in the region, and develop a comprehensive local health care system and a secondary school based around a new Salvatorian mission that address the needs identified above; in order to increase the spiritual and physical wellbeing of the local population in general, and thereby improve the average life expectancy and perceived quality of life.

The Salvatorians (Society of the Divine Saviour) are a Roman Catholic religious order that operate globally. Salvatorian priests, sisters and brothers in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have already been running a number of nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools in the Congo, as well as two missions in Cameroon. At the global level, the Salvatorians are supported by the Salvatorian Office for International Aid (SOFIA), which is based in Rome, Italy, and facilitates financial support of development projects through governmental institutions, charity organizations and even individual donors [2].


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About the Author

pmwj16-nov2013-kossmann-IMAGE 2Dr. Mario Kossmann

United Kingdom

Dr. Mario Kossmann is an experienced Systems Engineer and Capability Integrator for Airbus, having previously worked for Blohm & Voss as Systems Engineer, Technical Manager and Consultant in Services Marketing. He has served as a naval officer with the German and French navies, and was awarded an MEng in Aerospace Technology from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich (Germany), an MBA from the University of Warwick (UK) and a Ph.D. in Requirements Engineering from the University of the West of England. He is the author of the books Delivering Excellent Service Quality in Aviation (Ashgate 2006) and Requirements Management – How to ensure that you achieve what you need from your projects (Gower 2013), as well as numerous research publications in the field of Systems Engineering. Mario is also a certified Project Manager and a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).  Mario can be contacted at [email protected].

Information about Dr. Kossmann’s latest book, Requirements Management – How to ensure that you achieve what you need from your projects – can be found at http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409451372