Cameroon: Women lack family planning facilities in Cameroon

Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The Institute of Training and Demographic Research (IFORD) has revealed that Cameroon can save about 2.7 billion FCFA (US$5.5 million) every year by providing half of the contraception needs in the country, PANA reported from here.

At the presentation of a study done by the Institute, with the help of the US Guttmacher Institute specialised in the promotion of family planning, its coordinator and researcher Gervais Bininguisse said the objective was to help policy-makers improve on the wellness of women in Cameroon.

According to the study, a total of 6,000 women die every year in Cameroon while giving birth “because of a lack of access to modern services of family planning”.

IFORD said in 2013, out of a total of 490,000 unplanned pregnancies registered in Cameroon, 80% of the women concerned did not have access to modern methods of contraception.

It said some 175,000 abortions, mostly of them done illegally, were carried out that year.

During the same period, 21% of the births registered in the country were not planned, according to the Institute.

The Director of Research at the Guttmacher Institute, Akinrinola Bankole, and Bininguisse expressed the belief that family planning helps save money that can be invested in projects for the benefit of everybody, as well as end social inequality.

The coordinator of the Programme for Reducing Maternal Deaths, Dr Martina Baye, said the results of the study would be presented to the country's Prime Minister and President, in a bid to improve on the budget for family planning that represents presently only one per cent of the national budget.
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30 july 2014 09:25:34




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