The Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians of Cameroon in partnership with the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) through the Advocacy for Comprehensive Abortion CARE (ACAC) project organised a 3 days training on comprehensive abortion care in Garoua, North Region of Cameroon.
The three days training had as objective, to develop the competence of some health professionals in the aspect of safe abortion and its various techniques. It held from the 19th to the 22nd of May and saw the attendance 17 health workers consisting of gynaecologists, general practitioners and reproductive health nurses. They were trained on the national legal framework on abortion, technics for uterine evacuation, medical and surgical and post abortion care.
This training is in line with SOGOC’s efforts to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity which the National Demographic Health survey of 2018, puts the regional toll at 1,025 per 100,000 live births as opposed to the national toll of 406 per 100,000 live births. Approximately 13% of these deaths are linked to unsafe abortion. Hence, addressing unsafe abortion will drastically reduce maternal mortality in this region. At the end of the training participants were called upon to put to use the knowledge and skills they had acquired and replicate such trainings in their localities in order to amplify the efforts of reducing maternal mortality. Considering the objectives of the training and following participant’s evaluation, SOGOC believes that, participants were satisfied with what they learned concerning technics and legal framework of Comprehensive abortion Care.