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Maternal, child mortality in Cameroon

UNFPA releases 2b FCFA to fight maternal, child mortality - The deputy executive director of the UN Fund for Population (UNFPA), Kate Glimore, announced here Thursday that the UN organization will grant 2 billion francs CFA to the Cameroonian government to enable it reduce child and maternal mortality in 2014-2015.

Addressing a press conference following the sixth African congress on health and sexual rights, Glimore declared the determination of the UNFPA to promote women's health.

She hailed progress made in certain countries, such as Rwanda and Ethiopia, in the reduction of child and maternal mortality, and regretted that the situation is still worrisome in countries such as Cameroon, where the incident is rather on the increase.

In Cameroon, the maternal mortality rate rose from 669 deaths for 100.000 births in 2006 to around 782 in 2012, according to a demographic health survey.

The UNFPA official recommended that efforts must be undertaken in the training of midwives in the health districts.

PANA reports that there are not many midwives in Cameroon following the freeze on the training of this group of professionals.

Pana 07/02/2014