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Health News of Thursday, 26 February 2015

Source: Cameroon Tribune

MOH calls for involvement of all in Family Planning


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During a press briefing on Wednesday in Yaounde, André Mama Fouda invited all stakeholders to commit to the spacing of births.

The figures related to maternal mortality in Cameroon are alarming. A demographic survey conducted in 2011 has revealed that out of the 100,000 births recorded there are 782 maternal deaths, a situation that has negative consequences on families.

And it is to remedy this situation that the Minister of public health launched Wednesday in Yaounde, in a press briefing, the week of the repositioning of family planning in Cameroon on the theme: 'your future, your choice, your contraception.

For the accompaniment without fault in this process, the MOH was accompanied by Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakary and the Minister for the advancement of women and the family, Marie Thérèse Abena Ondoa.

During the meeting with the press, André Mama Fouda reiterated that family planning is the healthy way to reduce maternal mortality. It is in this perspective that he rolled out the actions initiated by the Cameroonian Government in the mobilization of all the actors involved.

It is, among other things, the strategic plan of reproductive health, maternal, newborn and child 2014-2020, in the operational plan of family planning 2015-2020, securing contraceptives 2015-2020 strategic plan.

The goal is to increase contraceptive prevalence by 16.1% in 2011 to 30% by 2020, while recalling that family planning is not synonymous with birth control, but it is designed to space out to allow time for the woman to recover.

And to the men and women at the same level, communication remains a sine qua non condition to avoid suspicions, having a child at the appropriate time and avoid abortions at risk in the order of 75%.

On the economic front, the MOH indicated, moreover, that family planning is also an appropriate strategy to improve the indications of socio-economic development, including that of GDP per head.

The activities have high-impact on the MOH: the acquisition of contraceptives in quantity and quality to meet the needs of the country with a specific budget line, the training of staff working already in health training in family planning, the training of midwives, the harmonization of costs of contraceptives since August 2014 for better access of vulnerable groups and the creation this year of eight new centres specific to the adolescent reproductive health with support of UNFPA.

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