The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) signed on February 2, a cooperation agreement for the establishment of the community and social mobilization mechanism to promote Islamic solidarity, in short Micro Takaful.
Micro Takaful aims to improve access to reproductive health services for populations in the most vulnerable regions affected by high maternal mortality, according to UNFPA. With a ratio of 406 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, Cameroon is one of the countries where many women still die while giving birth. This situation is due in particular to the lack of appropriate health facilities, the lack of education and especially high poverty, which lead women to turn to traditional methods as they cannot afford to go the hospital.
The new facility mainly targets the regions of Adamaoua, the East, the Far North and the North, where maternal mortality is high. This project, backed by the Islamic Development Bank, is expected to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality by facilitating access to prenatal care and safe delivery for poor pregnant women. It will also work for the social reintegration of women who have undergone obstetric fistula repair.
Siti Batoul Oussein, UNFPA Resident Representative, says that thanks to this convention, women in the targeted regions will be able to start an economic activity. One way to encourage them is to make them invest in their own medical care. For with good reproductive health, they will be able to increase their income to meet their needs and those of their families,” the UNFPA envoy said.
This is an ideal opportunity for the government to accelerate the achievement of the objectives in terms of maternal health and social protection provided for in the National Development Strategy 2021-2030.