Following the humanitarian crisis in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has noted that basic maternal, newborn and child health intervention has gradually decreased.
That children do not continue their routine immunization and women cannot access antenatal and post-natal visits as planned. Deliveries in health facilities, it is said, has decreased putting mothers and newborn’s survivals at stake.
Faced with these challenges, UNFPA has drawn up an emergency humanitarian assistant plan for the health sector in the North West and South West Regions. 20 Health Districts will be equipped, taking into account the response to Coronavirus pandemic.
Mobile clinics will be set up and they will provide integrated Gender Based Violence (GBV) including Covid-19 prevention in hard-to-reach communities. Community health workers will offer reproductive health services. Training of health care providers will target health facilities on emergency obstetric and neonatal care with clinical management of rape cases taking into account Covid-19 response. Isolation spaces will be set up into maternities for pregnant women with Covid-19.
These and many more were the subject of discussion on a round table conference on Friday November 27, 2020 at the United Nation’s Compound in Buea as UNFPA unveiled its Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) which is World Bank funded project that covers North West and South West Regions. The following day, they inspected health facilities in Buea Health District.
Equipment to enable midwives carryout safe deliveries in the context of Covid-19 which include screens, aprons, mackintosh and reservoirs were given. Suka Caroline who sat in for South West Regional Delegate for Public Health said the project is very visible given that community approach has been adopted.
Djatche Miafo Joel, Coordinator of UNIPSY, an NGO that deals with mental health, indicated that their role will be to bring in psychological care during prenatal, postnatal and GBV survivors. The project has three implementing partners, UNIPSY, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services and the Ministry of Public Health.