Program Goal

Provide comprehensive women-centered sexual and reproductive health care through an interdisciplinary approach in screening, health education and policy development in Cameroon.

Etougebe Baptist Hospital
Mboppi Baptist Hospital Douala
Baptist Hospital Mutengene
Kumba Baptist Health Centre
Banso Baptist Hospital
Mbingo Baptist Hospital
Nkwen Baptist Health Centre
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Our Services

  • Overview
  • Programme Goal/ Objectives
  • HPV Vaccination
  • Partners

The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) has both preventive and treatment

programs for services particularly designed for women. This ranges from pediatric to adult

women’s health services including cancers. Care is offered at very subsidized rates so that many

people can benefit.

The Women’s Health Program (WHP) of the CBC Health Services is a comprehensive ongoing,

nurse led program. The Cervical Cancer Prevention program (screening and vaccination) is the

largest preventive program so far in the country; it has screened over 100,000 women for

cervical cancer, treated over 4,000 for cervical pre-cancer and has diagnosed over 1,000 women

with invasive cervical cancer. The program has equally vaccinated over 10,000 girls and women

against HPV (Human Papilloma Virus).

The program also carries out breast cancer screening using clinical breast exams and referral of

abnormal breast findings. So far, over 90,000 women have been screened. The program, which

started in 2007 with one site, has grown to 12 sites in 6 of the 10 regions of Cameroon.

Services offered:

The Women’s Health program of the CBC Health Services offers the following services:

  •  Cervical cancer prevention (screening and vaccination); the largest so far in the country
  •  Breast cancer prevention
  •  Family Planning services
  •  Management of reproductive tract infections.

 

Goal
Provide comprehensive women-centered sexual and reproductive health care through an interdisciplinary approach in screening, health education and policy development in Cameroon.

Objectives

  • To improve access to the full range of affordable, equitable and high-quality family planning and reproductive health services to increase contraceptive use and reduce unplanned pregnancies, abortions, reproductive tract infections including HIV and AIDS.
  • To develop and implement a ‘see and treat’ cervical and breast cancer prevention programme in Cameroon.
  • To improve the coverage of underserved rural communities through mobile clinics that sensitize, educate and provide services on cervical and breast cancers prevention, RTI prevention and family planning.
  • To foster the documentation and dissemination of the programme’s best practices on Women’s Health for advocacy, policy and programme development, monitoring and evaluation.

 

Impact of the programme/outstanding achievements

CREATING AWARENESS

WHP has created much awareness on cervical cancer and Human Papillomavirus especially in the areas where its clinics are located. This has been through continuous sensitization in the different health facilities and mobile clinics in communities. Some women do rush in for screening in order to know their status as far as cervical cancer is concerned because they do not want to be caught up in a dilemma.

SAVING LIFE

Through WHP stationary clinics and mobile clinics, more than 46,000 women have been screened for cervical pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions.
Women found with precancerous lesions are offered cryotherapy, cold coagulation or LEEPs to destroy or remove the precancerous lesions so that they do not progress to full blown cancers. Those diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer are referred for radical surgery, radiotherapy and/or palliative care. With these interventions, it is evident that the program has the potentials to saving women from this disease that has become a threat to women’s life. WHP conducted the first HPV vaccination campaign in Cameroon with donated Gardasil from Axios Healthcare Development. The programme vaccinated young girls between the ages 9 and 13 between 2010 and and 2012. 

In 2009, WHP received a donation of 19,200 doses of Gardasil to vaccinate 6,400 girls age 9-13 years with 3 doses each from the Gardasil Access Programme. Gardasil is a Human Papillomavirus Quandrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16 and 18) vaccine, Recombinant. The Gardasil Access Programme was made possible by a pledge from Merck and co. Inc. and was overseen by the Axios Healthcare Development. The Programme ran from March 2010 to November 2012 and has been the first ever HPV vaccination campaign in Cameroon.
The Project ran in 2 phases and the first phase was launched in March 2010 in Bamenda by the Executive Secretary for the National Committee for the fight against Cancer, Prof Doh Anderson Sama. The second phase was launched in February 2011 at the Gynaeco-Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital Yaounde by the Honorable Minister of Public Health, H.E Andre Mama Fouda.

The WHP has developed several national and international partnerships that will move us forward in our efforts to improve the health of Cameroonian women.

National Partnerships:

  • Ministry of Public Health
  • National Committee for the Fight Against Cancer
  • Gyneco-Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital, Yaounde (HGOPY)

International Partnerships

  • Centers for Infectious Disease Research Zambia (CIDRZ
  • Cameroon Health and Education Fund (CHEF
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNPF
  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), USA
Program Supervisor

Mrs Manjuh Florence

Program Supervisor

Cervical cancer,Women Health Program