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Gender inequality and discrimination against girls mean they are often robbed of the right to make their own life decisions – from what happens to their bodies, to when and to whom they marry. Teenage pregnancy can rob girls of their potential by ceasing their education and giving them adult responsibilities. An estimated 18 million adolescent girls give birth every year.
Good health is an important component of development. It has been enshrined in MDG 4 (reducing child mortality), MDG 5 (improving maternal health), and MDG 6 (combating malaria, HIV/AIDS, and other diseases). Across the globe, there is a huge disparity in access health services in rural areas, compared to urban settlements. According to baseline surveys carried out by H4BF, one of the most common challenges plaguing rural communities in Cameroon is inadequate health infrastructure and limited access to good medical services resulting from the absence of trained personnel in rural communities.
To Ensure girls’ and young women realise their right to sexual and reproductive health and improve the health status of people living in peasant communities through rehabilitation/equipping of health facilities is rural Communities.
Many request and applications flow in for aid in the health domain but H4BF is only able to obtain funding for about 1% of the applications.
H4BF hopes to outsource more funds to be able to reach out to more communities through new partnerships and strategies.