OUR FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM
Good health is not merely the absence of disease but a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Hence the most cost-effective, feasible method to ensure good health is by preventive medicine, with initial step being educational awareness. Due to the high prevalence of obstetrical and gynaecological conditions in rural areas and given the limited health personnel in these localities. Children Home International decided to carry out a massive awareness campaign on reproductive health in some villages in the East and Centre regions of Cameroon.
The female population that is adolescents and adults specifically of the localities visited received an educational packaged which consisted of:
Anatomic review: with the aide of diagrams the participant had a brief education on the female reproductive system.
Physiological review: an education on the physiological changes of a woman and an education of the menstrual cycle.
Hygiene: education on the methods habits to adapt to maintain a good hygiene of the genital organs.
Family planning and sexually transmitted infection: an education on the methods of contraceptive, advantages and disadvantages of the contraceptive methods.
Cancer screening: education on the importance of cancer screening, on how to perform the self-breast examination. In schools settings after educating girls on female reproductive health calculators and mathematical sets were given to girls studying sciences to encourage them pursuit scientific and technical education. Most students in rural areas complete their primary and secondary education without ever operating a laptop or using a computer. Educating the boy child is generally the priority in most families. We believe donating calculators to girls in remote areas would get them acquainted with this simple scientific device that would develop their logical thinking and enhance their problem-solving skills. The mathematical instruments comprising, 17 cm pencils, 15 cm clear plastic ruler, lab instrument stencils, protractor, metal divider compass, set squares, eraser, sharpener, alphabet and number stencil, useful facts sheets were also distributed with calculators to help them in solving their geometrical and trigonometric problems. Encouraging their scientific and technical education and enabling them to step into their greatness and realising their dreams
By Dr Edouma Fabrice, Medical Consultant, Children Home International.