The Value Clarification Workshop grouped 20 health professionals (Midwives and Nurses) from Bertoua in the East Region. Workshop held on June 4, 2023 organized by The Society for Gynaecologists and Obstetricians Camerron SOGOC.
The objective of this training is to enhance health service givers knowledge, attitudes and intended practices regarding comprehensive abortion care and related Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services.
The SOGOC executive saluted the participants and situated the context under which the workshop was holding highlighting that unsafe abortion is responsible for 30% of maternal mortality in Cameroon and SOGOC exists to protect the health of women, reasons why they are committed to the fight against unsafe abortion.
Partcipants pose with facilitators, Sogoc executive & ACAC Team
For the hopes and expectations of participants, they expressed wanting to gain knowledge on how to manage clinical or provoked abortion, the legal context of abortion in Cameroon, skills on fine tuning discussions around abortion especially unsafe abortion and the management of abortion amongst others.
Facilitator Mr Peter Ngang in a session with participants
The different sessions that took the form of exercises focused on demonstrating the prevalence of unsafe abortion amongst participant. The cross the line exercise showed that abortion is real and has killed or affected at least, a close one to every participant, the next revolved on identifying the various values they hold dear, and how these values affect their professional practices as health care providers. They were encouraged to demonstrate empathy towards women and health care workers, who are confronted with abortion situations.
The workshop ended with a call for participants to remain professional and show empathy towards women and girls who find themselves in abortion situations.
Dissemination of the Referral Pathway
The dissemination of the referral pathway document to health institutions in Bertoua held on June 5, 2023 at Sun City Hotel in the presence of 16 participants. The first part focused on introducing the five-part document to the participants that is a guideline for medical care, treatment and rehabilitative services for survivors of rape. The publication provides a multi sectorial response to most of the dilemmas stakeholders face in handling survivors. It also takes into consideration, the national strategies for preventing and eliminating all form of sexual violence and was developed in collaboration with government ministries and organization working in the areas of SRHR.
Copies of the document were then handed out to 16 participants to be used at their different institutions. A call for action challenged the participants to restitute knowledge gained during the meetings with colleagues.
Two participants at the end of the workshop saluted SOGOC and the facilitators for improving on their knowledge when it comes to abortion within the context of Cameroon law, how to manage the situation or prevent it and to improve on their discussions around the topic.
The Referral Pathway is a production of SOGOC on how rape survivors can be managed in hospitals.