Building bridges: OBGYNs engage with traditional healers to strengthen access to safe abortion in Africa

11 March 2021

As part of FIGO’s ongoing Advocating for Safe Abortion Project (ASAP), three of our member societies shared their experiences engaging with traditional healers and the lessons they have learned from these activities and engagements.

‘Traditional healer’ is used to describe a person who provides counselling and/or herbal remedies to community members for an array of health issues. This may include supporting women and girls with their pregnancies, labour and reproductive health concerns, as well as providing the community with guidance on birth, wedding and death rituals, and other community-related affairs.


Combatting maternal mortality in Cameroon

Combatting maternal mortality in Cameroon

FIGO news

The Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians of Cameroon (SOGOC) officially launched their Advocacy for Comprehensive Abortion Care project in Yaoundé on Monday September 30, 2019.

The launch included a ceremony that was presided over by the Director of the Department of Family Health, Professor Mbu Robinson. It was an occasion for the guests and the public to discover and learn more about SOGOC and the Advocacy for Comprehensive Abortion Care project. The speeches from the society’s President Prof Leke and the Focal point of the project Dr Eko, highlighted the mission, vision, context and objectives of the society and the project.


Study: Abortions From Rapes on Rise in Cameroon’s Conflict Zones

Study: Abortions From Rapes on Rise in Cameroon's Conflict Zones

February 20, 2019
Moki Edwin Kindzeka

YAOUNDE — A new study confirms rape has become a weapon of war in Cameroon's separatist conflict, and many victims are terminating pregnancies with crude, unsafe abortion techniques.

Sixteen-year-old Mercy Azefor says she was raped in Nkambe while hiding on her mother's farm after her parents were killed in April 2018. Nkambe is in the Northwest region, one of two areas where English-speaking separatist groups are fighting to break away from Cameroon and its French-speaking majority.