Ngo Bibaa Lundi Anne Omam
I am the country coordinator for the International Youth Alliance For Family Planning and have developed projects aimed at building capacities of youths on family planning (FP) and SRH. I have coordinated more than 10 public sensitization campaigns during which above 2000 youths in rural/urban settings were educated on FP. I have trained above 150 young peer educators on SRH and FP in rural and post conflict zones. I have facilitated the establishment of 6 girls clubs in Post conflict zones where young girls discuss issues on SRH. I have organized a national consultative forum on FP and SRH, where 65 youths nationwide participated, developed and submitted an advocacy letter to government for the integration of youth friendly FP services in Cameroon’s post 2015 Health Sector Strategy.
The high rate of teenage pregnancies which leads to high rate of school drop out in rural communities, created this passion for family planning. This was couple to the high rate of HIV among youths and early forced marriages in post conflict communities. I decided to volunteer for a community based organization that could enable me realize my dream of empower youths especially young girls with knowledge that could enable them make informed decisions.
One of the major challenge I've faced in my family planning efforts is that most of our communities is the lack of education programs to assist young people gain the knowledge, skills and understanding they need on Sexual and reproductive health. The religious nature of our communities regards sex education and SRH education to be a taboo. I have with the support of some partners been able to tailor FP messages which could be communicated to young people without religious contradiction.
Cameroon's biggest challenge in Family planning is inadequate access to family planning services for young people. Less than 20% of young people make use of modern contraceptives in Cameroon. This is reflected by the number of unwanted pregnancies recorded and the prevalence of HIV in youths. To solve this, Youth friendly family planning programs and services should be developed to meet their needs. More youths should be trained as peer educators to raise awareness among their peers.
Through educative programs and capacity buildings, I want to contribute in increasing the number of youths who make use of modern contraceptive methods, reduce the rate of unintended pregnancies among youths, reduce adolescent birth rate in rural and post conflict communities of Cameroon. I also want to lead and mentor other youths towards greater responsibility in educating and advocating for young persons sexual and reproductive health rights in Cameroon.