Women for A Change – Strengthens capacities on Reproductive Health Rights and Education
February 26 – 28, 2018 – Wfac staff received training on ensuring “Access To Reproductive Health Information”. The training was designed to build capacities of activists, support access to quality and accurate education and information around reproductive health services, products and resources. Organised by GIWYN Nigeria, Women Help Women, TICAH & VIAC, under the generous sponsorship of Amplify Change.
“Staff training and capacity building is an essential part of Wfac’s program implementation and SRHR advocacy “, says Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh, Wfac Executive Director, “This training could not have come at a better time than now when we are expanding our Comprehensive Sexuality (CSE) in schools outreach across the national territory. Currently operating in three of the ten regions of Cameroon. And as a leading CSE feminist organisation in the country, our CSE in schools programs does not only limit to a weekly educational talk to school girls and boys, it also provides counselling and referrals to SRH-friendly clinics and facilities “.
The training which brought together almost twenty reproductive health leaders, activists and professionals, had practical sessions on Reproductive Health and Rights, protocols and frameworks, Prevention of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) which constitute to almost 30% of maternal deaths in Cameroon (Minsante, 2018). In a recent Ministry of Health report, it is estimated that about 6000 women lose their lives each year resulting from reproductive health complications such as PPH, unsafe abortion and pregnancy-related complications including pre-eclampsies, and eclampsies etc.
The training also taught all present practical skills on how to use mifepristone and misoprostol to prevent PPH, which is the loss of more than 500ml of blood following childbirth. Which can also be severe if the loss exceeds 1000ml. If not controlled it can cause death within 24 after bleeding starts. As reproductive health activists working most at times in very remote communities, which is often faced with multiple health complications and challenges, this education was very important to the activists and community health workers present at the training.
Another aspect of the training included information on the various family planning products and contraceptives such as the IUDs, Pills, Condoms (female and male), injectables, patch, rings, diaphragm, permanent sterilisation (such as vasectomy), spermicidal, and implants.
According to Ms Agbor, Wfac Staff, she says: ” the training provided participants with new knowledge and understanding on Misoprostol, a gastric medication but can also be used to save women’s lives and address PPH”.
Both medications (misoprostol and mifepristone) have valuable health benefits and are life-saving for women and girls, she adds; To wfac, the information on misoprostol and mifepristone will be disseminated to the students during the CSE outreach as well as providing the information during Wfac’s referrals and counselling.