Rogan Taboko Nyenti
I have been privileged to work with thousands of organizational and individual stakeholders on the draft post-2015 SDGs. In the process I developed a better sense of judgment on who can moderate or speak meaningfully in stakeholder meeting for this cause. Owing to that I worked with the Cameroon Medical Women Association within the HAPP project to reinforce the sexual reproductive health and rights amongst women living with HIV/AIDS and also providing family planning services to commercial sex workers. Presently am working with the CAMNAFAW the principal recipient of the global fund project in Cameroon to prevent HIV new infection among most-at-risk populations. I have trained 80 peer educators and counsellors to create awareness and provide sexual reproductive health and right services
In Cameroon, 127 in every 1,000 girls aged 15-19 years get pregnant, with less than 4% of them desiring the pregnancies. These adolescent pregnancies contribute to the high rate of maternal mortality in Cameroon, as the lifetime risk of maternal death stands at 1 in 31, with maternal deaths currently higher than they were in 1990 at 690 deaths per 100,000 live births as opposed to 670 deaths per 100,000 live births respectively. This is driving my passion to be at the centre in addressing it.
During my period of work, one of the problems I encountered was that of husband's disapproval of modern contraceptive methods that led to a maternal death. This family had seven children and because the husband refused the wife from taking a contraceptive method, she got pregnant while having an eight months baby in hand. This pregnancy was unwanted. This couple now resolve to go in for an abortion which led to her death two days after. I have been sensitizing and educating men to be involved.
In relation to culture and tradition, sex education is still a taboo especially in the North West Region where I work. In villages within the region, there is a belief that before a girl gets married, she must prove her maturity and fertility by giving birth as soon as possible. Many men take advantage of this belief and persuade adolescent girls to have sex with them resulting in adolescent pregnancies. By fostering awareness on the health, economic, and social benefits of fulfilling a girl’s
my commitment to the future of sustainable development, and to reinforce my present connection with the youth action movement in Cameroon and across the IPPF Africa region network of young people to be committed more than ever before and willing to help the country by working voluntarily on family planning policies and programs. I expect to give them the necessary fundamental skills to influence policy makers and to create a country where every individual is free to make an informed choice.