RuWCED CHRDA 1Upon delivery last April 2019 and awaiting placenta, it was discovered that Chenwe Lydienne had been pregnant with a set of twins and there was need

for urgent medical intervention. RuWCED in collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA), provided financial and material support during the medical intervention.

Chenwe Lydienne, and IDP from the South West Region, went through pregnancy period with no maternal nor medical health care, thereby endangering the health of her unborn baby and herself. She delivered twins amidst ceaseless gun shots and lack of transportation means, after being pregnant till full term in the bush without any prenatal follow-up.

A day later, on the 18th of April 2019, she was finally transported to a hospital in the Buea municipality by a bike rider, medical experts successfully delivered the second baby, just in time to save her life and that of her unborn baby.

RuWCED and CHRDA immediately consolidated financial and material support, promoting the healthiness and welfare of both mother and children. Such cases proving lack of maternal and health care endangering the lives of women and girls have been prevalent from the surge of the Anglophone crisis in 2016.

Many women/girls are pregnant in the bushes without having access to medical care and there are possibilities that many of such cases have remained untold.
Good healthcare for women/girls is of great importance if we, as a global village wish to achieve the sustainable development goals; universal health coverage remains of great significance. In order to create awareness on what women and girls are passing through when it comes to maternal health care, some organizations like Center for Health and Gender Equity with the multitude of other organizations started advocating in 2014 that the international community should recognized the 11th of April as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights.

From feasibility studies, thousands of women and unborn/born children die yearly because of pregnancy complications especially in conflicts situation where there is no access to health care. We therefore call on the national and international stakeholders to intervene for the realization of quality maternal health for women and girls.