Cameroon: Our Impact

{Photo Credit: Warren Zelman}Photo Credit: Warren Zelman

Well-functioning health systems require continuous availability of safe and affordable pharmaceuticals of assured quality. However, the high value of medicines, the size of public pharmaceutical budgets, and the complexity of the supply chain leave pharmaceutical systems vulnerable to corruption and mismanagement.Corruption can have a detrimental effect on individuals by leading to consumption of contaminated or falsified medicines and reduced access to pharmaceutical products. The damage of corruption does not stop at its disastrous health impact.

 {Photo credit: MSH staff}In Cameroon, the modern contraceptive prevalence for all women remains low at 16.1 percent.Photo credit: MSH staff

Postpartum family planning (FP) is part of a scalable, comprehensive maternal, newborn and child health approach to reaching women with critical, life-saving information and services. Research demonstrates that more than 90 percent of women during their first year postpartum either want to delay the next pregnancy for at least two years or avoid future pregnancies all together. Preventing unintended pregnancies is an important strategy for reducing maternal mortality; by preventing pregnancies, exposure to obstetric risk is also reduced.

 Screenshot of SIAPS West Africa Regional Project dashboard shows national stock status in Niger; three products in blue have more than 100 months in stock.

Alerts of stock-outs of life-saving medicines for antiretroviral therapy (ART) and treating opportunistic infections have emerged from a number of countries in West Africa. Several root causes of stock-outs have been identified such as poor coordination and information sharing among partners.

 {Photo credit: Francis Aboagye-Nyame/MSH}SIAPS West Africa Regional Program launches, April 2014.Photo credit: Francis Aboagye-Nyame/MSH

Antiretroviral (ARV) medicines are a matter of life or death for people who are HIV-positive.  In West Africa, the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) is working to make sure people have uninterrupted access to these life-saving medicines.