Need: Advisors and volunteers needed for curbing the alarming rate of Maternal Mortality in Cameroon.
Please help suggest ways of curbing the alarming rate of Maternal Mortality in Cameroon.
9000 women in Cameroon have already died this year 2010, while struggling to give birth!In 2009 ,out of every 100,000 births,669 women died.(Recent statistics from the country`s Ministry Of Public Health) According to the Demographic Health Surveys(DHS),Maternal Mortality in Cameroon is taking an evolutionary curve of close to 2 percent, moving from 6000 deaths in 1998,to 7500 in 2004,to 9000 in 2010.Updates from medical sources indicate that there are still women who reach their 9th month of pregnancy without any hospital consultation,especially in rural areas with no hospitals, while 75 of the deaths have been blamed on hemorrhage (bleeding),complications of unsafe abortions, (arterial and convulsive hypertension) and obstructed labor.
The high rate of Gender Based Violence in Cameroon is a contributing factor to the poor implementation of public health policies and programs,40 percent of women in Cameroon are victims of intimate partner violence and a shocking 15 percent of these women are abused in pregnancy. This has a direct impact on the alarming rate of maternal mortality in the country.
Last year in the month of March, I hosted a volunteer midwife from the US, who helped to train rural women in Alatening village in the North West Region of Cameroon as Traditional Birth Attendants. Through this training, the local women have succeeded in delivering 20 babies safely since then! The village has no health unit and pregnant women have to trek for two hours before reaching the nearest health center. This has been the cause of many neo natal and maternal deaths.Many other rural areas in my country are experiencing similar and even worst situations. More volunteers are gratefully welcomed to intervene in this situation and other ideas to combat the situation would be highly appreciated.