With 596 Maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, Cameroon’s maternal mortality rate is one of the highest in the world. Women living in rural communities continue to underestimate the importance of antenatal and postnatal check-ups for both themselves and their new born infants.
women have either been conditioned into being fully self-sufficient or the lack of education regarding their health has prevented them from making well informed decisions about their health and knowing when to seek professional care.
The result? A vicious cycle of poor health and poverty. According to the WHO, health mothers lead to healthy families and societies, strong health systems and healthy economies. So when a woman, wife or mother dies from maternal complications, the direct and indirect impact on the family and surrounding community is critical.
We are therefore developing MomaGo, Buea’s first minibus service that facilitates medical care for pregnant women and new mothers by transporting women to clinics for antenatal and post-natal visits.
We have managed to raise some of the funds to keep the MomaGo in motion! However, we still need some support from the community to kickstart the project. By donating to our project, you will be ensuring the following:
- REDUCING MATERNAL DEATHS: by ensuring women are receiving check-ups during pregnancy and after birth
- REDUCING NEWBORN DEATHS: healthy pregnancy means the baby is less likely to develop complications, leading to a healthy birth
- IMPROVING HEALTH FACILITIES: providing patients to the clinics means that the clinics are able to improve their facilities, which benefits the entire community
- GIRLS IN SCHOOLS: helping women in rural areas stay healthy means their daughters don’t have to take on domestic roles and leave school early