NEWS AND HEALTH UPDATES

A meeting to collect Women’s opinions about Abortion Laws in Cameroon

Gwewasang C. Martin was appointed focal person for Africa’s September 28 Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion campaign in Cameroon, by The Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance (RHRA) in August 2013. The RHRA was formed in 2004 by a group of medical, legal, women's and human rights advocates with an aim of towards the prevention and reduction of the high maternal deaths and disabilities caused by unsafe abortion. In prelude to the Sept 28, 2013 run-up campaigns, Gwewasang organized his first activity by conducting a survey at the “Clinical Training Center for Family Planning” (CTCFP) – September 1 to 25, and the results were announced to the safe abortion forum on Sept 28, 2013. The activity was conducted to raise public awareness on abortion and to make abortion related problems that African women are facing visible in Cameroon. The results of the survey generated evidence that Gwewasang shall use to guide policy decisions to overcome barriers in shaping legal abortion provision and implementation in Cameroon. Over 100 women and men participated in the survey and shared experiences and knowledge of the grassroots realities that will inform and guide policy. More than 60 emails and SMS text messages were also sent out to make the September 2013 Day of Action for Women's Rights to Safe and Legal Abortion a great success in Cameroon. The Ministry of Public Health has recognized Reproductive health, in no small part because of Gwewasang’s actions. In 2012 he created a CTCFP in Mambanda in Douala, where he wants to recruit and train professionals who are interested in promoting reproductive health and rights programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.  
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Cameroon Embassy of the United States of America -Public Affairs Section Young Entrepreneurs Drilled on Social and Business Entrepreneurship

  Youth Entrepreneurs at the U.S. Embassy Symposium, Cameroon (photo credit: US Embassy) On Thursday April 18, 2019, young CEOs and social entrepreneurs turned up at The United States of America, Public Affairs Section in Yaounde Cameroon to attend a Youth Symposium on Social and Business Entrepreneurship. The main speakers were an award winning entrepreneur and CEO of COSDEFGROUP Social Innovation Enterprise Joybert Javnyuy and Founder of Drone Africa, William Elong. The one day symposium was to build the skills of some 67 businesses that managed to find their way into the net of the fortunate ones to take part in the U.S. Embassy Symposium on how to pitch their business to investors. The symposium was also to reinforce the social entrepreneurs’ capacities how to embrace branding, marketing and sales, and in domains such as ability to convince investors and presentation of project to Funders, so as to secure a win in global market.  The participants were selected from all fields of work; health, agriculture, finances, e-commerce and ICT, consulting, peace mediation, and conflict resolution. At the end of the symposium, a Whatsapp group was created as a platform to continue to build the skills of the entrepreneurs on how to pitch their projects to mentors and capitalist. Edie Geraldine Mechane Co-Founder & CEO Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (CTC4FP) P O Box 9450 Douala Cameroon Phone: 674954348 E-mail: geraldineedie@gmail.com Skype:ediemechane
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What we do

What we do: ARHF has been able to support and strengthen the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) agenda especially for the most marginalized and most vulnerable women in the targeted areas. This modality enables joint strategic planning and evidence-based advocacy on government commitments to bring about real changes in the lives of women, young people, their families and communities. It has created new advocacy opportunities that heighten the demand for better health In summary:

1.We work towards improving the state of health care Providers’ education nationally by training multiple levels of providers who want more education in reproductive health/Family Planning (RH/FP). These providers will help support the rights of all people to affordable, accurate, and unbiased information on contraceptive methods that can help them achieve their reproductive preferences.

2. We promote women's health by increasing access to health information, basic reproductive health services and training.

3. we provide contraceptives methods and reproductive health essential medicines and information strictly on the basis of voluntary informed choice, and neither endorsed nor engaged in coercion practices in the promotion of acceptance of family planning methods

4. We ensure the maintenance of satisfactory standards in the delivery of the association's FP training and services

5. Building strong and effective partnerships and networks

 99% of our work is self-funded, 1% by foundations, partners, and volunteers.

In details:  Governance and accountability. * maternal health: Looking at pregnancy and childbirth-related mortality and morbidity indicators, we advocate for a context-specific rights-based continuum of quality care (CQC) for reproductive health. Cameroon is making progress in reducing mortality and increasing coverage of effective health interventions. Complications relating to pregnancy and childbirth, however, continue to remain leading causes of mortality for women of reproductive age in Cameroon. The irony of these premature maternal deaths and disabilities is that most maternal deaths are avoidable, as the health care solutions to prevent and manage these complications are well known. * Contraception We promote women and men to use contraceptives, Unmet Need for Contraception, Non Use of Contraception and Emergency Contraception. We believe that contraception is not only an issue of access to health services but of women being able to decide on the number, timing and spacing of the children they bear. The political will of the state is crucial to prevent maternal mortality and morbidity, which violates a woman’s right to life. Safe pregnancy is essential to every woman’s right to life and dignified well-being. Ensuring access to a full-range of contraceptive methods will help shift focus to women’s needs. The low numbers of male sterilization and condom use reflect gender power imbalance of both pregnancy prevention and disease prevention. Cultural and gender norms about roles and values of men and women in sexual relationships and perceptions about male and female sexuality all play a key role in these low rates. It may also be important to remember that the DHS deals with married women and condom use within a marriage may also signify a lack of trust between partners, and hence, has a different value associated with it in the responses that women may have given to their surveyors. Male involvement, as equal partners, in decision-making on reproduction needs to be encouraged * Safe abortion Cameroon is one of the countries with restrictive abortion laws. So it is important to look at how people and organisations are working to amend these laws as clearly mentioned in the Beijing Platform for Action. Advocacy is almost the only means whereby abortion laws, policy and practice in Cameroon can be changed and have been facilitating the sharing of experiences among concerned and committed people and organisations through our various partnerships. Although access to safe abortion services has been proven to be linked to a lower incidence of unsafe abortion (and lower percentages of maternal deaths due to unsafe abortion), progress on amending laws seems slow. * Reproductive cancers As interventions on reproductive cancers are considered more costly than those for contraception or maternal health, there is a greater struggle in establishing women’s rights to access preventive and curative services. Additionally, unequal socio-economic situations coupled with socio-cultural barriers and poor or inadequate health care infrastructures impede the prevention, treatment and care of reproductive cancers. Although a number of countries are showing commitments towards screening and the prevention of cervical cancer, it needs to be emphasized that the scarcity of data and low level of priority towards breast cancer and ovarian cancer is worrying. There needs to be a more systematic and in-depth data collection on these two cancers in order to raise awareness and provide health care which includes screening, treatment and cure. Early screening can go a long way in reducing the incidence and mortality from cervical and breast cancers and health systems in respective countries in the region have to be geared to put in place effective prevention strategies, early detection, which comprise of diagnosis, screening including cervical cancer screening, HPV testing, mammography screening, treatment and palliative care. Therefore, population-based data on cancer incidence and mortality become the starting point for any intervention, and countries need to start collecting this information. * HIV/ AIDS As interventions on reproductive cancers are considered more costly than those for contraception or maternal health, there is a greater struggle in establishing women’s rights to access preventive and curative services. Additionally, unequal socio-economic situations coupled with socio-cultural barriers and poor or inadequate health care infrastructures impede the prevention, treatment and care of reproductive cancers. Although a number of countries are showing commitments towards screening and the prevention of cervical cancer, it needs to be emphasized that the scarcity of data and low level of priority towards breast cancer and ovarian cancer is worrying. There needs to be a more systematic and in-depth data collection on these two cancers in order to raise awareness and provide health care which includes screening, treatment and cure. Early screening can go a long way in reducing the incidence and mortality from cervical and breast cancers and health systems in respective countries in the region have to be geared to put in place effective prevention strategies, early detection, which comprise of diagnosis, screening including cervical cancer screening, HPV testing, mammography screening, treatment and palliative care. Therefore, population-based data on cancer incidence and mortality become the starting point for any intervention, and countries need to start collecting this information. * Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) ARHF, particularly through the Women’s Health and Rights Advocacy Partnership with CAMNAFW and other organisations advocates for rights-based, non-discriminatory, evidence-based and youth-friendly comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) that recognizes and caters to the evolving capacities of young people. Recently, ARHF launched a mobile app titled SAFE (Sexuality Awareness for Everyone), a knowledge source on sexuality awareness. It is clear from the lack of provision of education, information, and services to young people who are in dire need of these, that governments in the region are hesitant to recognize the role of sexuality beyond its function in reproduction. Despite its benefits that extend to many areas of decision- making and confidence building among adolescents, CSE is still a distant aspiration in Cameroon. The existing interpretation of sex/sexuality education emphasizes, in most cases, on biology rather than health and rights. * Young people The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic education partnership has been working through capacity building, evidence generation and partnership to address the issues of young people’s SRHR. We recognize the close inter-linkages between young people's SRHR and other issues that affect them such as unemployment, education, etc. and have mobilized young people around various national and global events. They are in-school and out of school, migrants, workers in the formal and informal sectors, and unemployed, from rural and from urban areas. They are of diverse sexualities and gender identities, they live with HIV, they are sex workers, and they have disabilities. They are young girls and boys who have limited access to education due to many contributing factors. They face multiple challenges, such as poverty, migration, education, employment and health that intersect with harmful traditional and cultural norms. Therefore, the needs and rights of this large subgroup * International and regional processes The WHRAP-SEA partnership (http://srhr4youth.org) has been working through capacity building, evidence generation and partnership to address the issues of young people’s SRHR and the Global South Youth partnership has been monitoring and reviewing the status of young people's SRHR. We recognize the close inter-linkages between young people's SRHR and other issues that affect them such as unemployment, education, etc. and have mobilized young people around various international events.
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Our Vision, Mission, and Objectives

Vision: To provide affordable, high quality healthcare to patients of all ages. Mission:.To broaden access to information on special healthcare concerns, emerging and re-emerging infections and other primary healthcare related initiatives for the underprivileged populations. Objectives: The objectives for the first year of operations include:
  • To create a medical practice that exceed patients’ expectations
  • To provide high-quality health care to residents of deprived and underserved areas and neighborhoods;
  • To create a medical practice that helps serve the community’s needs.
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Our Profile on Global Giving Website

Adele Reproductive Health Centre NGO in Cameroon Adele Reproductive Health Centre NGO in Cameroon changed to Adele Reproductive Health Foundation. Members and Volunteers of the Foundation consider this change very important as it would allow this new Foundation, Adele Reproductive Health Foundation to better strengthen its internal and external structures and working. Adele Reproductive Health Foundation is a Cameroon registered reproductive health and family planning community-based Foundation established in 2000. Since then we are working to promote women’s reproductive health and rights and other primary and global healthcare related initiatives for the underprivileged populations in Cameroon. Adele Reproductive Health Foundation (ARHF) is located in Mambanda (near grand magazine) – Bonassama Regional Health Service, in the Wouri region. The Foundation has a strong presence in its community and is known for its inspirational leadership in Reproductive Health and Family Planning education programs that currently benefits more that 1 million people through a network of independent and public health facilities, organized women and youth groups, Cultural and Development Association, NGOs and grassroots health workers, schools, colleges, faith-based and universities, and for assuring the economically disadvantaged and underrepresented minority groups that even the most challenging global health problems can be overcome. The Foundation has greatly broaden its scope, and currently has programs addressing Women’s reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS prevention education, immunization services, common adult and childhood diseases, Cancer and infertility screening, Malaria, Child Abused, Clean Water and Sanitation, environment, and primary healthcare Mobile clinic services. One of the Foundation important initiatives train’s community Healthcare Providers of all levels and ages who have no formal medical education, and in collaboration with Medical Knowledge Institute, The Netherlands will establish the first pilot Medical Knowledge Institute information Centre in Cameroon. One other flag-ship project of the Foundation is the strong partnership with The INFO Project, based at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Project, in the USA. Since 2005 the Foundation has received financial, material and technical support from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to ensure that information, knowledge, and best practices for family planning/reproductive health are accessed by multiple audiences with different needs in Cameroon. Also, in responding to USAID's follow-on project, Knowledge for Health (K4H), the Center for Communication Programs in their proposal creating a voluntary K4H Health Network of organizations working on health in and for countries engaged in development and improvement of health services, enlisted Adele Reproductive Health Foundation as a founding and key collaborating organization in the K4K Health Network. Your varied supports registered some great achievements and the promise of continuing activity and improvement is assured with your continuous financial, material and technical assistance in 2009 Taken from: http://orgs.tigweb.org/adele-reproductive-health-foundation-cameroon
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BIOGRAPHY OF THE FOUNDER

Gwewasang Che Martin is an independent clinician in practice. He has been working in public health sector for more than 22 years. He worked with Cameroon National Association for Family Welwefare (CAMNAFAW) in Cameroon, where he represented the organizations in global discussions for community based family planning/immunization integration, long acting family planning, adolescent issues from 1995-2000. During this period he played a major role in bringing what are innovative approaches to increase access to modern contraceptive methods, especially LA/PMs, in the non-profit health sector in Cameroon. Furthermore, he embarked on distance and online learning courses to improve on his knowledge in research methodology. His educational and work experience earned him skills in clinical practice, data management, some laboratory techniques, drug management, administration, some aspects of medical ethics and economics from 2000-2008. He is Founder and Principal Lecturer at Adele Reproductive Health Foundation Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (CTCFP), Cameroon, HIFA 2015 Country Representative, and Member of Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA), Peace & Collaboration Development Network (PCDN), Partner to the “STOP TB Partnership” and Cameroon TB Group. In 2003, he served as a consultant under a World Bank HIV/AIDS sponsored project in Cameroon, and trained community leaders and also created 20 local AIDS Control Committees in the enclave Ndian Division, Cameroon. He is currently researching for a double degree Master’s and Doctoral in Public Health. Recently, he has been authorized by the Ministry of Public Health to start the first private Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (CTCFP) in 2011. His work brings to local communities the current information on health topics like fitness, sex, beauty and more. Gwewasang was active in speaking out and lobbying the Ministry of Public Health and the Cameroon Medical Council to give official recognition to Reproductive Health. In a voluntary capacity, he served as vendor to the K4health Project of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from 2006-2008 and distributed over 15.000 “Global Handbooks for Providers and Family Planning Wall Charts“ to frontline public health staff, practitioners, the ministries of public health, education, Youth Affairs and private and public training institutions and universities in Cameroon.
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Welcome to Adele Reproductive Health Foundation (ARHF); A WORD FROM THE FOUNDER AND CEO

Welcome to Adele Reproductive Health Foundation (ARHF)
A WORD FROM THE FOUNDER AND CEO
Dear Friends, Partners and Volunteers, ARHF is a registered community-based non-profit and non-political organisation founded in 2000 by Gwewasang Martin. It is registered in Cameroon under various ministries (Territorial Administration, Health, Youth Affairs & Civic Education, External Relations, Secondary Education, Women Empowerment and Family, etc). It is located in the economic capital of Douala, Bonaberi, Mambanda, Grand Magazine, street 4065. We focused on providing Reproductive Health and Family Planning (RH/FP) services to hard-to-reach communities in three regions (Littoral, North and South West) regions. Small as it is, we are a fast growing center, basically becoming a reference center for Family Planning and Contraception (FP/C) in the Mambanda local government area in the economic capital of Douala. It was hitherto a health centre and with the advancement of the services offered, it has gradually gained the status of a Foundation. The Foundation is already dominating even some very popular medical institutions in Mambanda which have stood the test of time and have been widely acclaimed as offering exceptional health services. The number of patients the project receives daily is constantly increasing from 5 to above 20, especially on Mondays.  Many of them do testify that they were informed of Foundation by other patients who have been to the Foundation and found the services to be of high quality. Given the reputation of Foundation health facilities for quality and diligent medical care, we receive clients/patients from all over the town and from other parts of the Littoral Region and other regions. We also offer training opportunities to community healthcare providers to prepare themselves, not only for careers in a wide range of fields, but also for, citizenship in the 21st Century. The staff strength stands at 3 permanent, 1 family health clinician, 2 specialists, 1 general practitioner and over 100 volunteers as at July 2019 The working week runs from Monday to Friday, with Saturday and Sunday, only critical services are offered. Work starts each day at 07h 30 with devotions and continues for 18 hours. The services offered include general consultation, observation of patients on infusion fluids, dental treatment and injections, pro-pharmacy, HIV and AIDS work, laboratory services, antenatal care services, women health program, Tuberculosis, diabetes clinic, and cancer of the breast services.  
Dr. Gwewasang Che Martin, DACS, LCCI, ABSC Founder and Principal Lecturer, Adele Reproductive Health Foundation Clinical Training Center for Family Planning, Cameroon(Email: adele_healthcentre@yahoo.fr)
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