In Cameroon, the Population Council has worked to improve young people’s knowledge and practices regarding sexual and reproductive health; reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections; and improve maternal and child health services.
Currently Cameroon is one of 11 countries participating in the African Forum on Emergency Contraception, or ECafrique, a network that seeks to increase the availability of high-quality emergency contraception (EC) services in Africa.
Highlights of past and present work
- Supports research, advocacy, and service-delivery interventions at the country level as a member of ECafrique, a bilingual, international network of health care and business professionals from more than 200 institutions that seeks to increase the availability of high-quality emergency contraception (EC) services in Africa.
- Improved the quality of family planning, child survival, and reproductive health services by evaluating services and developing methods of evaluating maternal and children’s health program performance.
- Supported the Institute for Behavioral Studies and Research (IRESCO) that tested interventions to improve young people’s knowledge and practices regarding sexual and reproductive health and to reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections.
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ResourcesWhen girls' lives matter: Ending forced and early marriage in Cameroon (PDF)
Quality/Calidad/Qualité (no. 20)
Publication date: 2011
Adolescent experience in-depth: Using data to identify and reach the most vulnerable young people (HTML)
Series of 51 data guides by country
Publication date: 2009
Adolescent experience in-depth: Using data to identify and reach the most vulnerable young people--Cameroon 2004 (PDF)
Publication date: 2009
Marriage and childbirth as factors in school exit: An analysis of DHS data from sub-Saharan Africa (PDF)
Lloyd,Cynthia B.; Mensch,Barbara S.
Policy Research Division Working Paper (no. 219)
Publication date: 2006
Cameroon Fast Facts
|Total fertility rate||4.8|
|Infant deaths per 1,000 live births||62|
|Maternal deaths per 100,000 live births||600|
|Girls aged 20-24 married by age 18 (%)||47.2|
|HIV/AIDS prevalence (%)||5.3|
|Living below US $2 per day (%)||31|
Country statistics from Demographic and Health Surveys, 1987–2011; UNAIDS and UNICEF websites (accessed 10/22/2012); "World Population Data Sheet" (Population Reference Bureau, 2012)