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.

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Key results of Cameroon in 2020

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

793 Fistula repair surgeries provided with the support of UNFPA

Minimum Initial Services Package

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

Life skills programmes for girls

3132 Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes

Advocacy platforms against harmful social norms

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

Child, early and forced marriage

395 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

34698 Women and girls who were subjected to violence have accessed the essential services package

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

793 Fistula repair surgeries provided with the support of UNFPA

Minimum Initial Services Package

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

Life skills programmes for girls

3132 Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes

Advocacy platforms against harmful social norms

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

Child, early and forced marriage

395 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

34698 Women and girls who were subjected to violence have accessed the essential services package

Emergencies Key results

  • People Reached
    Total people reached with all types of GBV services
    26,472
    UNFPA-assisted safe deliveries
    5,183
    Affected population reached with Family Planning services
    7,925
    Number of women of reproductive age (aged 15-49) reached with SRH services
    8,041
    Number of adolescents aged 10-14 reached with SRH services
    1,655
    Number of adolescents aged 15-19 reached with SRH services
    1,169
    Number of young people aged 20-24 reached with SRH services
    1,447
    Number of older persons aged 65+ reached with SRH services
    147
    Number of people reached with SRH/GBV information and awareness activities
    5,000
  • Services delivered
    Number of mobile clinics
    20
    Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)
    15
    Number of safe spaces
    19
    Dignity Kits distributed
    9,439
    Number of adolescent and youth-friendly spaces supported by UNFPA
    4
  • Capacity building
    Personnel trained on Minimum Initial Package (MISP)
    60
    Personnel trained on clinical management of rape
    40

Programme Activities

All Resources
  • All resources
  • Core
  • Non - core
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Analysis on population dynamics
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Analysis on population dynamics
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Analysis on population dynamics
  • Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
  • Adolescents and youth
  • Gender equality
  • Analysis on population dynamics

Cameroon 2020 Programme Activities data

Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
Increased availability and use of integrated sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning, maternal health and HIV) that are gender-responsive and meet human rights standards for quality of care and equity in access
Total Spending:
$7,766,548
Implemented by:
UNFPA $3,503,966 (45%)
NGO $583,680 (8%)
GOV $3,678,903 (47%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (31)
Non-core Resources (69)
Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health services
Total Spending:
$5860986
Implemented by:
UNFPA $2104620 (36%)
NGO $509788 (9%)
GOV $3246579 (55%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (21%)
Non-core Resources (79%)
Supply chain management
Increased national capacity to deliver supply chain management
Total Spending:
$757870
Implemented by:
UNFPA $280269 (37%)
NGO $73892 (10%)
GOV $403710 (53%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (4%)
Non-core Resources (96%)
Sexual and reproductive health Policies
Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health policies
Total Spending:
$69
Implemented by:
UNFPA $69 (100%)
Funded by:
Non-core Resources (100%)
Health workforce capacity
Increased national capacity to deliver health workforce capacity
Total Spending:
$1147622
Implemented by:
UNFPA $1119008 (98%)
GOV $28614 (2%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (97%)
Non-core Resources (3%)
Adolescents and youth
Increased priority on adolescents, especially on very young adolescent girls, in national development policies and programmes, particularly increased availability of comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health
Total Spending:
$1,139,839
Implemented by:
UNFPA $627,119 (55%)
NGO $420,522 (37%)
GOV $92,198 (8%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (8)
Non-core Resources (92)
Adolescents and youth skills and capabilities
Increased national capacity to conduct evidence-based advocacy for incorporating adolescents and youth skills and capabilites
Total Spending:
$158053
Implemented by:
UNFPA $38159 (24%)
NGO $43992 (28%)
GOV $75902 (48%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (34%)
Non-core Resources (66%)
Youth leadership and participation
Increased national capacity to design and implement community and school based comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) programmes that promote human rights and gender equality
Total Spending:
$981786
Implemented by:
UNFPA $588959 (60%)
NGO $376530 (38%)
GOV $16297 (2%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (3%)
Non-core Resources (97%)
Gender equality
Advanced gender equality, women’s and girls’ empowerment, and reproductive rights, including for the most vulnerable and marginalized women, adolescents and youth
Total Spending:
$1,282,962
Implemented by:
UNFPA $724,237 (56%)
NGO $541,488 (42%)
GOV $17,237 (1%)
Funded by:
Non-core Resources (100)
Prevention and addressing of GBV
Ending GBV
Total Spending:
$1282962
Implemented by:
UNFPA $724237 (56%)
NGO $541488 (42%)
GOV $17237 (1%)
Funded by:
Non-core Resources (100%)
Analysis on population dynamics
Strengthened national policies and international development agendas through integration of evidence-based analysis on population dynamics and their links to sustainable development, sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, HIV and gender equality
Total Spending:
$191,138
Implemented by:
UNFPA $24,129 (13%)
GOV $167,009 (87%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100)
National population data system
Strengthened national capacity for production and dissemination of quality disaggregated data on population and development issues that allows for mapping of demographic
Total Spending:
$117933
Implemented by:
UNFPA $16858 (14%)
GOV $101075 (86%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Demographic intelligence
Strengthened national capacity for production and dissemination of quality disaggregated data on population and development issues that allows for mapping of demographic disparities
Total Spending:
$73206
Implemented by:
UNFPA $7272 (10%)
GOV $65934 (90%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)

Programme Documentation

CPE Cameroon [2021] (DP/FPA/2020/10)
Cycle: 2021-2022
CPD Cameroon [2018-2020] (DP/FPA/CPD/CMR/7)
Cycle: 2018-2020
CPD Cameroon [2013-2017] (DP/FPA/CPD/CMR/6)
Cycle: 2013-2017
CPD Cameroon [2008-2012] (DP/FPA/CPD/CMR/5)
Cycle: 2008-2012

UNDAF Cameroon [2013-2017]

Cycle: 2013-2017

CPAP Cameroon [2013-2017]

Cycle: 2013-2017

Audit of the UNFPA Country Office in Cameroon

Issue date: 8 February 2019
Technical notes and sources
  • The results featured here are only a selection of key results in line with strategic plan 2014-17 indicators. The selection does not reflect the full picture of all results achieved during the strategic plan cycle by UNFPA programme countries.
  • The source of data for most country level indicators is the UNFPA country annual reports for 2014-2017, unless stated otherwise
  • Results featured are cumulative - i.e., achieved between the 2014 and 2017 timeframe, and reflect the net situation, true as of the year selected
  • Majority of the results are captured from 127 UNFPA programme countries
  • Indicators that are marked ‘not achieved’ could imply any of the following conditions:
    • The country may have achieved the result without the support of UNFPA
    • The country has not targeted the given indicator during the 2014-2017 period
    • UNFPA is supporting this area of work, but the result has not yet been achieved

Notes for key results

  • Maternal deaths averted: Results reflected for 46 UNFPA Supplies programme countries
  • Unintended pregnancies averted: Results reflected for 46 UNFPA Supplies programme countries
  • Unsafe abortions averted: Results reflected for 46 UNFPA Supplies programme countries
  • Number of countries that developed midwifery workforce policies based on international standards: Baseline data not available
  • Number of fistula repair surgeries supported: Baseline data not available
  • Number of countries that implemented at least 8 out of the UNFPA 10-step strategic-approach to comprehensive condom programming: Results achieved in 2014-2016 only
  • Number of countries that have capacity to implement the Minimum Initial Service Package at the onset of a crisis: UNFPA reflected non-cumulative figures for this indicator; the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) is a series of crucial actions required to respond to reproductive health needs at the onset of every humanitarian crisis. View here for more information on MISP
  • Percentage of countries affected by humanitarian crises that have functioning inter-agency gender-based violence coordination body as a result of UNFPA guidance and leadership: Baseline data not available
  • Number of countries that established comprehensive plan to report on UNFPA-supported Sustainable Development Goal indicators: Results achieved in 2017 only; baseline data not available
  • Number of countries that established online national population data platforms that are publicly accessible by users: : Results achieved in 2017 only; baseline data not available
  • Number of countries in which the capacity of national statistical authorities was developed to analyse and use disaggregated data on adolescent and youth: Baseline data not available; UNFPA reflected non-cumulative figures for this indicator
  • Number of countries that generated and used sub-national estimates of population, health and social data: Baseline data not available

The designations employed and the presentation of material on the map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNFPA concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.

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