UNFPA Cameroon

Cameroon is a politically stable country, but it struggles with continued development deficits such as a rise in maternal mortality. A growing youth population faces unemployment, high illiteracy rates, and an HIV epidemic. UNFPA has supported the implementation of national health strategies and the development of data management tools. It helps to boost the supply and demand for reproductive health care services, by delivering secure systems to provide contraceptives and greater access to emergency obstetric care. Programmes also focus on promoting gender equality and youth policies, and combatting gender-based violence.

Data overview View more

Population

Population, by age group, per cent
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    Population aged 0-14
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    Population aged 15-64
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    Population aged 65+

Maternal and newborn health

Births attended by skilled health personnel, per cent, 2014-2019
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    Births attended by skilled health personnel

Sexual and reproductive health

Contraceptive prevalence rate and unmet need
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    CPR any method  
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    Unmet need  

Education

Total net enrolment rate, percent

Fertility

Total fertility rate, per woman, 2021

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth (years), 2021

Harmful Practices

Key results of Cameroon in 2020 View more

Emergency obstetric and newborn care

Emergency obstetric and newborn care coverage was met, as per the international recommended minimum standards

Health services for sexual violence survivors

Essential health services were provided for survivors of sexual violence by at least 60 per cent of public health facilities

Midwifery curricula: inclusion of special needs

Needs of persons with disabilities were included in midwife curricula

Sexual and reproductive health indicators available

Sexual and reproductive health indicators were collected periodically, and made publically available

Patient satisfaction surveys

Routine patient satisfaction surveys were conducted on the provision of sexual and reproductive health services

School-based comprehensive sexuality education

A comprehensive sexuality education curricula was operationalized in accordance with international standards

Reproductive rights, laws and policies

Strategies were in place to align laws, policies and regulations on reproductive rights

Men and boys

A national mechanism was in place to engage men and boys in national policies and programmes

Rights of marginalized groups

Intervention models or strategies to empower marginalized and excluded groups to exercise their reproductive rights were rolled out

Multi-sector platforms

Platforms were established for dialogue on reproductive rights, fully engaging civil society, including faith-based and state actors

Social norm mapping

A social norm assessment, based on the UNFPA social norm framework, was completed

Social norms change programmes

The UNFPA manual on social norms and change was utilized

Data on gender-based violence

National systems were in place to collect and disseminate data on the incidence of gender-based violence

National plans against harmful practices

A costed national action plan to address harmful practices was developed

Disability in census

Censuses in place included questions on disability

Common data set

A common operational data set on population statistics was produced

Population projections

Publically available population projections at national and subnational levels, disaggregated by age, sex, location were generated

Demographic dynamics

Demographic dynamics were integrated into their national development plans

Small area estimations

Small area estimations of sexual and reproductive health indicators were generated and used for programme planning

Fistula treatment

2,105
Fistula repair surgeries provided with the support of UNFPA

Minimum Initial Services Package

345
Health service providers and managers were trained on the minimum initial service package

Life skills programmes for girls

6,396
Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes

Advocacy platforms against harmful social norms

141
Communities developed advocacy platforms to eliminate discriminatory gender and sociocultural norms which affect women and girls

Child, early and forced marriage

485
Girls received, with support from UNFPA, prevention, protection services, and/or care related to child, early, and forced marriage

Essential services for gender-based violence survivors

40,060
Women and girls who were subjected to violence have accessed the essential services package
2020 Humanitarian results achieved for Cameroon View more
People reached with Dignity Kits in 1 countries
Appeal Country People reached with Dignity Kits
Cameroon, Republic of 8041
Women reached with sexual and reproductive health services, including antenatal and postnatal care, emergency obstetric and newborn care services in 1 countries
Appeal Country Women reached with sexual and reproductive health services, including antenatal and postnatal care, emergency obstetric and newborn care services
Cameroon, Republic of 26472
People reached with adolescent sexual and reproductive health services, supplies and information in 1 countries
Appeal Country Women reached with sexual and reproductive health services, including antenatal and postnatal care, emergency obstetric and newborn care services
Cameroon, Republic of 5183
Safe spaces supported by UNFPA (includes safe spaces for women, girls and youth) in 1 countries
Appeal Country Safe spaces supported by UNFPA (includes safe spaces for women, girls and youth
Cameroon, Republic of 19
Health Facilities that provide Emergency Obstetric Care, supported by UNFPA in 1 countries
Appeal Country Health Facilities that provide Emergency Obstetric Care, supported by UNFPA
Cameroon, Republic of 20
Personnel trained on various aspects of sexual and reproductive health, including the Minimum Initial Service Package in 1 countries
Appeal Country Personnel trained on various aspects of sexual and reproductive health, including the Minimum Initial Service Package
Cameroon, Republic of 60
Demographic Dividend: Cameroon View more

Population Pyramid

females
males
Population in thousands

Life Expectancy

Total fertility rate

Select year range
Year: 2018 Note: Years 2017 to 2100 are projected data.
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Source: United Nations, Population Division, World Population Prospects: 2017 Revision

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