Strengthening Essential Emergency Care for Neonatal Obstetrics

Akamba Lydia, 14, and her son sit in the Health Centre Akonolinga, a city in the region of Adamawa (Cameroon Centre). Akamba Lydia, 14, and her son sit in the Health Centre Akonolinga, a city in the region of Adamawa (Cameroon Centre). Copyright Sanofi

Description of partnership activities and how they meet needs and challenges

This project helps reduce mortality among children under five and pregnant women in selected health districts in Cameroon by improving accessibility to and the quality of maternal health services and by implementing emergency care in the field of essential neonatal obstetrics.

Following the recommendations of the mid-term review of the Cameroon-UNICEF cooperation program, UNICEF is providing support for the implementation of Accelerated Strategy for Survival and Development of Young Children (ASSSDYC) in the northern region and strengthening existing achievements in the area of Adamawa. This strategy forms part of Cameroon’s national health plan.

To meet local challenges and problems, the program actions will focus on:

  • Strengthening health facilities as the base for community activities.
  • Health education for communities by strengthening community participation.
  • Training/capacity building of health professionals.
  • Access to care for those in the most isolated areas to ensure an equity strategy.
  • Better support for women by raising awareness and documenting best health and protection practices.

This program is based on a community approach focused on improving access to healthcare at all levels of the health system and for all peoples, especially the most isolated.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

Since the project has begun:

  • 1.2 million people benefited from awareness actions
  • 38,157 people (women and children) received medical support
  • 81 health professionals were trained

Partnership information

Company(ies) Sanofi

Partner(s) Cameroon Association for Social Marketing, Cameroon Ministry of Health, Local hospitals & health centers & patient groups, UNICEF, United Nations

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Government, IGOs, Professional Associations

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health

Disease(s) Children's Health, Family Planning, Sexual & Reproductive Health, Obstetrics, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Health professionals, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Mothers, People with low income, Women

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Cameroon

Start Date 2012

More information Sanofi Espoir Foundation

Anticipated completion date Ongoing

« Akamba Lydia, 14, traveled 11 km by motorcycle to reach the health center and gave birth 20 minutes after she arrived. Both will be back home the same day. »