Provision of family planning services by community health workers in urban slums of Cameroon

Simon Manga, Alan Tita, Florence Manjuh, Kathleen Nulah, Henna Budhwani


Over 50% of pregnancies in slums are unintended, signifying unmet family planning (FP) needs. In Cameroon, about 60% of city dwellers live in slums where basic health services including FP is lacking. With an acute shortage of health personnel in Africa, community health workers (CHWs) can play a vital role in administering basic FP services. The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services implemented a pilot project to reduce the unmet FP needs in urban slums through utilization of CHWs. We found that with adequate training and support, CHWs can successfully provide basic FP services in urban slums. (Afr J Reprod Health 2023; 27 [8]: 14-18).

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