LIRASEF (Ligue d’Initiative et de Recherche Active pour la Santé et l’Education de la Femme) or in English, LARIFEH (League for Active Research and Initiative for Female Education and Health) is a Cameroonian non-profit organisation established in 1997. It is composed of multidisciplinary scientists whose purpose is to contribute as far as possible to the improvement of women’s heath and education.
The overall objective of LIRASEF is to conduct research, develop health education activities for clinicians, and African populations and to establish collaborations with different international organisation with a view to promoting strong research and health education. In addition, LIRASEF implements strategies that aim to enable access to health education by the poorest members of society.
In 2009, WAHA established a partnership with LIRASEF to implement two projects: i) a cervical cancer screening and treatment project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, the University Teaching Hospital and the Comité National de Lutte Contre le cancer au Cameroun, and ii) a fistula education and treatment programme with the University Teaching Hospital of Yoande and the Ministry of Public Health.
The head of both projects, Dr Pierre Marie Tebeu is a gynaecologist obstetrician with additional training in fistula surgery, and also holds a Masters degree in public health from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium. As well as leading the activities at LIRASEF, he also works as a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine at Yaoundé University and at the University Teaching Hospital as a doctor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
The partnership between WAHA and LIRASEF has already resulted in community sensitisation activities about cervical cancer and screening and testing campaigns. In addition, an awareness programme and fistula treatment activities have commenced in the University Teaching Hospital in Yaoundé with 30 patients operated by 25 January 2010, and this activity will continue all the year. Read more about this project under our activities.