Close to 70 Mbororo women, girls and children attended the meeting on June 21, in accordance with the ongoing project to combat unsafe abortions by
expanding access to legally available SRHR services for rural women and girls in Ngoketunjia Division, Cameroon.
In partnership with the Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association (MBOSCUDA), participants expressed their delight and interest in various topics discussed such as; HIV/AIDS, Menstual Hygiene Management, Family Planning, the incidence of unsafe abortion & Post Abortion Care, amongst others.
Dr Darlene Nchufong, Facilitator from Ndop District Hospital, called on government to support these women and adolescents with subventions: “Most of them are afraid to approach health services.” One of the active participants, Roukiyatou Hassan, 17, was delighted and anxious to attend more meetings to learn more. Facilitator and PAC Focal Point for Ndop, Ndah Martin, laid emphasis on how the Mbororo Community has improved with time. He is confident that the right message was transmitted to the right people and we should expect positive impacts.
“During this forum we educated them on how to take care of themselves during menstrual periods, what to do in order not to get pregnant and what to do when they are pregnant, during the period of pregnancy and the measures to take during labour and delivery. Most Mbororo women are not aware that there are several safe practices which can guarantee their health during their reproductive life. We are sure that we have broken that barrier. Cultural barriers and Cultural beliefs prevent them from going to hospitals even when it is detrimental to their health. Most of them are afraid to approach health services because they are afraid of expenses. It would be beneficial to the community if subventions are considered for family planning and women and child’s health.”
“As a facilitator, we sensitized them on long-term and short-term family planning methods amongst others. The turnout was positive. In the past, they were shy and reluctant to welcome sensitizations but they have improved due to the constant work of other bodies on the field. Some of them came to me happily after the meeting and they promised to share all they learned.”