By Andrew Nsoseka
Some Internally Displaced pregnant women, seeking refuge in Tiko Sub Division of the Southwest Region, have received emergency maternal care kits from the Rural Women Development Centre, RUWDEC.
The March 1 donation came after RUWDEC took a sensitisation campaign on reproductive health and screening to the IDPs women and girls, coordinated by, Nyandoh PahoTadfor, under the “Our Voice Campaign”, funded by the pollination project.
Apart from the pregnant internally displaced women, a host of young girls who are also displaced and living in Tiko received dignity care packages from RUWDEC.
Speaking about the campaign, RUWDEC’s Managing Director, Nyandoh Paho,said, “the project funded by the Pollination Project, sets to provide emergency maternity care kits to internally displaced pregnant women in Tiko, and dignity kits to internally displaced young women in Tiko.”
She further stated that the pregnant women and girls received packages containing sanitary pads, omo, pants, loin clothes (wrappers), napkins, Dettol, sterile gloves, plastic bed sheet covers, soap amongst others.
The victims were also given male and female condoms, and trained on how to effectively use them.
The project has as objective, responding to challenges adolescents, young women and pregnant women are exposed to, due to the ongoing Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon. The campaign has as one of its core goals, preventing excessive maternal and neonatal mortality, and responding to Gender-Based Violence among the most vulnerable and marginalised communities.
Speaking after receiving her package, Pelagie Besinge said, “I appreciate this so much because I did not expect that they will come so soon. On the day they called me, I thought that it is one of those groups that come, take information and promise you, but never show up again. I am grateful that RUWDEC is different. I am happy that they came to our aid. It is going to help me a lot. Most of the things that I was supposed to buy for my baby have been provided by them, and I will use the money I was reserving, to do other things. My baby is due in two weeks, so I am really grateful.” Speaking on behalf of the pregnant women, young girls and women who received the donations, Eposi Ngeve appreciated the gesture, beginning with the free education and screening they received during the first phase of the campaign. “Just the knowledge gained will help us a lot. We are spreading the knowledge gained. They have also aided our pregnant women and young girls. We were taught even on how to use both the male and female condoms. I believe the rate of unwanted pregnancies will reduce due to the knowledge gained. We need more of this,” she said.