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WAHA International is working together with the University Teaching Hospital of Yaoundé to train medical personnel on fistula care and provide fistula repair surgery.

Cameroon has a population of approximately 19 million people with an estimated 43 percent living in rural areas. The life expectancy at birth is 52 years for women and 52 years for men. (Source: )

In Cameroon it is estimated that 62 percent of all births take place with a skilled birth attendant. However in rural areas less than half of all deliveries are assisted with a skilled attendant. In 2010, one out of every 31 women will die in childbirth.

(Source: WHO Country Cooperation Strategy CameroonWHO Global Health Observatory, Trends in Maternal Mortality 1990-2008, UN)


Fistula project
WAHA International in partnership with the University Teaching Hospital of Yaoundé and with support from the Fistula Foundation has implemented a new project to treat women with obstetric fistula and provide training on fistula reparation for obstetricians and gynecologists. The project improves access to fistula repair by: 
i) upgrading the surgical care infrastructure;
ii) carrying out fistula repairs;
iii) capacity-building and training of local surgeons;
iV) Community mobilisation to increase access to services and to promote social reintegration of women following treatment.

We have also been providing fistula surgery in Maroua, the far north of Cameroon, together with the Ministry of Health.

Cervical screening and treatment project
In 2010 WAHA International worked in partnership with LARIFEH (League for Active Research and Initiative for Female Education and Health) and the University of Cameroon, to implement an expanded screening programme to detect cervical cancer and to provide early  treatment for diagnosed cases. A mobilisation campaign to raise awareness of the need for cancer testing was carried out followed by 2 days of consultations during which 162 women were examined.

Read our latest update from Cameroon