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Cameroon has commited to women's and children's health through the implementation and expansion of the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). Additionally, Cameroon commits to strengthening the multisectoral commitment to family planning with the key objectives of ensuring government and partner accountability for family planning funding, establishing mechanisms to support the most vulnerable populations, and ensuring a range of service to improve quality of care.  As part of the 2014 Every Newborn Action Plan, Cameroon also now commits, over the next five years, to scale-up cost effective maternal and newborn health interventions.

2014 

The Government of Cameroon commits to strengthening the multisectoral commitment to family planning with the key objectives of ensuring government and partner accountability for family planning funding, establishing mechanisms to support the most vulnerable populations, and ensuring a range of service to improve quality of care.  

Objectives

  1. Achieve the goal of the Strategic Plan of Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health for 2014-2020, which stipulates an increase in modern contraceptive prevalence from 16.1 percent to 30 percent by 2020
  2. Reduce unmet needs for family planning from 17 percent to 10 percent by 2020
  3. Ensure equitable access to quality family planning services to all women of childbearing age by respecting their choice
  4. Increase the budget allocated for the purchase of contraceptives by at least 5 percent each year

Policy & Political Commitments    
                                                             

The Government of Cameroon commits to ensuring the mobilization of the budget line for the actual purchase of contraceptives, establishing a mechanism to subsidize family planning services for the most vulnerable users, notably adolescents and youth and women with disabilities, and strengthening the multisectoral commitment to family planning.

The government also commits to disseminating reproductive health and family planning framework documents available to the government and implementing the priority interventions chosen and to institutionalizing the use of certain methods utilized in community outreach, notably pill and injectable contraceptives.

Financial Commitments

Cameroon commits to conducting advocacy to increase the State‘s budgetary allocation for reproductive health to 5 percent per year by 2020 and for family planning to 5 percent per year by 2020 and to mobilizing donors, including the private sector and civil society, to finance family planning.

Program & Service Delivery Commitments

The Government of Cameroon commits to ensuring contraceptive security to avoid stock outs, providing the full range of contraceptives by ensuring quality services, including family planning counseling, training, and supervision of health workers, and ensuring the government’s and its partners’ accountability for funding family planning.

2014- Every Newborn Action Plan

Cameroon commits, over the next five years, to scale-up cost effective maternal and newborn health interventions. Health interventions will link the health system and communities through a system of mutual accountability and include: antenatal care; pre and post-partum care for the mother; and newborn care, including kangaroo mother care. Cameroon will use innovative approaches to reach the most vulnerable populations, with a focus on the four most affected regions of the country. This effort is expected to contribute toward a reduction of maternal and newborn mortality by at least 20 percent. 

Cameroon also commits to improve coordination and implementation of maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) initiatives through the newly created National Multisectoral Program for Combating Maternal, Newborn, and Child Mortality. This program involves various sectors, including government, NGOs, civil society, private sector, faith based, and opinion leaders. Each of these sectors’ contributions to women’s and children’s health will be measured through specifically defined indicators.


2011

Cameroon commits to implement and expand the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA), re-establish midwifery training to train 200 midwives a year, and pilot a performance-based financing and a voucher system in order to promote access to maternal and child care services. Cameroon further commits to increase the contraception prevalence from 14% to 38%; the proportion of HIV+ pregnant women access to antiretrovirals from 57% to 75%; and the vaccine coverage from 84% to 93%. Cameroon will increase to 60% the proportion of health facilities offering integrated services; increase to 50% the proportion of women with access to Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) services; offer free malaria care to children under 5; ensure free availability of mosquito-treated nets to every family; increase funding to paediatric HIV/AIDS; strengthen health information systems management and integrated disease surveillance.
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