Mother & Child Aid Cameroon
Mother and Child Aid Cameroon (MACAC), located in Kumbo, the capital city of the Nso Kingdom of the Nso people. Attached to the Institute of Science Technology, MACAC is dedicated to the protection, promotion and support of Maternal and Child health in rural communities of Cameroon through midwife training, research, advocacy, outreach programs and community-driven intervention programs, part of a larger effort to improve maternal health and reduce infant mortality. Clinical rotations include exposure to prenatal, birth, postpartum and infant care in both the hospital and birth center setting and will incorporate training programs for traditional midwives. Maternal & Child Aid Cameroon sees an average of 20 births per month in their clinic and is steadily growing.
Maternal Health and Midwifery in Cameroon
For decades now Cameroon has not offered any sound training in midwifery and medicalized birth is on the rise, accounting for a double digit growth in maternal and infant mortality over the past decade. According to the World Health Organization in 2010, approximately 600 per 100,000 mothers died from pregnancy and birth related causes, with an overall 1 in 35 lifetime risk of death for pregnant women. More than 150 per 1,000 children die before reaching their fifth birthday. Midwife Training Cameroon
The population of Cameroon is approximately 18 million with 52% concentrated in rural communities. More than 60% of births take place outside of health facilities and only .2 births per 1,000 are attended by qualified midwives. Traditional birth attendants, who often are not recognized in the spectrum or continuum of health care delivery system, still forge ahead with their efforts in the very remotest communities. Midwife Training Cameroo
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