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CMS Awards Best Practices In Reproductive Health 

By Lydie Yuri — Association Camerounaise Pour le Marketing Social, ACMS, July 6, honoured some service providers in the domain of best practices in reproductive health (family planning). ACMS in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health honoured the service providers at the hall of Northwest Special Fund for Health, Bamenda.

Administration pose with staff of ACMS and laurates infront of NWPFH hall

Prizes awarded to winners of Profam include; gynacographical table and moveable beds, generators, flat screens, while winners of service providers were motorbikes, mega laptop, refrigerator, digital camera. Alpha Royal Health Clinic emerged first, while Providence Health Clinic came second followed by Bamenda Station Polyclinic.

In a bid to improve on women’s health and reproductive health, the Regional Delegate of Profam, Peter Ngang, said these service providers (clinics providers and family planning counsellors) were trained and the selection of health facilities was based on management of contraceptives, implementation of recommendations, infrastructure and documentation.

Ngang said the criteria for motivation was hinged on technical confidentiality, preparation of chlorine and its disposal, continuity of services and so on. The life span of this programme is two years and could be extended.

In a speech, the Regional Coordinator of ACMS, Florent Amassoga, outlined the activities of ACMS to include the fight against HIV/AIDS. Amassoga also said that ACMC is a technical partner of the Ministry of Public Health and assists in supply of condoms both for males and females, fight against malaria, prevention of diarrhoea and waterborne diseases and of recent reproductive health.

“The Women’s Health Project, WHP, aims at reducing maternal and child mortality. The Coordinator said that ACMS had to partner with Profam network of clinics providers and family planning counsellors to implement the WHP in the Northwest Region apart from publishing 100% Jeune Magazine.

While congratulating ACMS for the Profam award, the Head of Division for Family Health, Dr. Jean Christian Youmba, said Profam social franchise network started in Yaounde in 2004 and was extended to Bamenda in 2011, thanks to WHP. 

Dr. Youmba said WHP seeks to improve the lives of women by providing quality reproductive health services and comprehensive post-abortion care, and it has recorded great successes. 
Youmba said training workshops were organised involving over 100 service providers and 72 services on comprehensive post-abortion care.

As one of its achievements, ACMS has established partnership with 33 private and confessional health units, ten of which are Profam and 23 non-Profam. Youmba said that Profam network of clinics benefit on a continuous basis from medical equipment, materials and supplies as well as regular supervision from the both staff and Ministry of Public Health.

He lauded the efforts and support of stakeholders and thanked the Government through the Ministry of Public Health for the support to ACMS in various domains and was happy to say in the project, a total of over 2621 IUD insertions and 711 Jadelle insertions have been done alongside other short term methods of family planning.

On his part, the Regional Delegate of Public Health, Dr. Victor Ndiforchu, said he had great interest in best practices and promotion of excellence to health providers for, according to him, family planning has a major role to play in the Millennium Development Goal, MDGs.

The Delegate, however, decried the number of family planning counsellors who go on retirement and are not replaced. He stated that 101 services on post-abortion care, reduced maternal mortality, and absence of care are areas where the impact is felt beyond figures. 

Dr. Ndiforchu disclosed that 73 service deliverers were trained on family planning package from different health units, 174 as trainers, and was elated that as criteria of selection the environment was considered  as priority, but called on all and sundry to scale up the Performance Based Servicing in the Divisions.

The Profam network of private and confessional clinics focuses on the implementation of the WHP, an initiative  of ACMS  to provide quality reproductive health services  and increase women’s assess to family planning methods and comprehensive post-abortion care. Such moves will reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality which are on the rise in Cameroon

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