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Maternal deaths trippled in Cameroon in 22 years

Maternal death rate in Cameroon is triple since 1991 when the millennium development goals were proposed. The rate has skyrocketed from 210 to 690 per 100.000 live births. What accounts to this?
• Lack of personnel to manage this emergency because in the recent past, Cameroon has not been training midwives.
• The people in the field managing these emergencies have little or no knowledge
• Pregnant women don’t get enough sensitization on the importance of early Ante Natal Care
• Husbands fail to cooperate with wives especially dependent wives during pregnancy to get needed attention in time
• The assurances pregnant and ignorant women get from “modern traditional doctors” become futile only when it is too late for them to get help in clinics.
To this effect, I think two basic things need to be done: Training of experts and sensitization of the population.
Two weeks ago, I visited a maternity to do a vox pop with pregnant women and nursing mothers on their knowledge on antenatal care, and found out that most of them start ANC just by intuition and not by obligation.
I have been communicating with some doctors to cooperate as resource persons in a radio program I am about to start running on Health. Maternal Health issues will certainly be topical. If diffused widely and in all languages comprehensible to the masses, I think a U turn can be made.

Thanks for your readership,
Tina Young.


Nakinti's picture

Good one!

You are right dear,
I am embarrassed by the statistics you have is so unfortunate that this is happening in modern day Cameroon.
The issue of government not training midwives, rather nurses taking up roles of midwives just to close the gap, is very sad.
Now what happens with all the millions that UNICEF is pumping in to raise awareness on the importance of early ante-natal (6 weeks into pregnancy) to reduce maternal mortality and mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS?
Is the awareness not wide enough or are the project executors just interested in getting their purses fat...a million questions in my mind. I am only asking!
I think such messages are even targeting the wrong populations. Why preach the importance of ante-natal in the town of Bamenda, when the rural woman in Nwa or Abongshe even lack basic education to understand on her own the importance of this. I am just wondering aloud!
Are project writers really doing feasibility studies, or are they blinded by this very issue of 'enclave communities?' I am only asking!
My dear, I will be a keen listener to this your program...I trust what u are capable of doing. Hit the right nails and bring the facts out..waiting! Keep me posted darling.
Great article.

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon

Tina Young's picture

Hello Nakinti, Glad to hear

Hello Nakinti,

Glad to hear from you again. Actually dear, all people are targeted. The sensitization also gets circulated in community radios, given that almost all communities now have radios.
Also, many of the project executors don't target only urban areas, they also move to rural and secluded areas. It is an ongoing process presently and hopefully there will be positive results.

With love,

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