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Use a game model to raise awareness in young girls so as to address the issues of undesired pregnancy and female health issues in Cameroon

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What problem does your innovation solve?

The incidence of unwanted pregnancies is 58.6% in refugee camps in Cameroon, and because of this it led to about 40% of emergency admissions and about 38% of maternal deaths in these camps in 2015 (UNCHR report 2015). So CADAC cames in to reduce this problem by empowering young girls through role playing games which will permit them to live the different advantages and risk of this quest as it occurs in real life.

Explain your innovation.

create awareness through role playing games.The idea will begin by selecting about 100 young girls in the community who will be trained on how to carry out the game and these will be organized into 20 teams who will go into the community and rally other young girls teaching them through role playing games CO-FE-CAM. According to Leke (2008), 41% of adolescents in refugee camps are sexually active. However, adolescents (aged 10 to 22 years) face particular health risks, especially in relation to reproduction and sexuality. 11% of all births and 14% of maternal deaths worldwide are among 15- to 22-year-old females, with 95% of adolescent births taking place in developing countries, and especially in emergency countries. with many adolescence in these emergency zones very vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies. About 2100 and 1650 girls experience unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions respectively each year in Gado badzere, east region of Cameroon.In these refugee camps women aged 15-49 years, 25 % had sexual intercourse before their 14th birthday (DHS, 2014). Thus highly exposed to HIV AIDS and other STDs. In the same DHS it was found that the age at which women get into unions (traditional and or legal marriages, co-habitation) is at least 1.3 years later than their first sexual intercourse. Thus this has a really great impact the girls life and the future of the community. Because it is a paticipatory model, they will be part of the idea.

Who benefits?

This this initiative has as targets young girls in school and those not able to go to school from and age range of 10 to 25 years in refugee camps in Garoua boulai, manouwa with a total of 6384 girls young girls identified in these refugee camps by the health district center of Garoa boulai and Maroua respecitvely which we are targeting.
The community will benefit because peer educators to be trained will be selected from within the community and be trained by our team, the game session will be fun and this will permit easy assimilation by the girls, the access to modern contraceptive which will be distributed to those being trained. The objective is to reduce the incidence of unwanted pregnancy among young girls age 12 to 25 years by 20% and train about 100 pear educators, make about 75% of censused girl participate in the game sessions. Increase the use of modern contraceptive by 50%.This will be observed from reports and mid and final evaluation reports.

How is your innovation unique?

Our innovation is unique in the sense that most initiative similar to ours are done but with limited participation of the beneficiaries that is workshops are organized and key note speakers came and present but after they gone it became like a song to these girls. Where as our own initiative make use of agame models were a girl will live the impact of getting undesired pregnant and also witness how this will affect her education and future in the game thus will better apprehend and put this into practice. So our uniqueness is this game model we are to use (CO-FE-CAM) in creating awareness.The conception team masters the game model and have played it once in a village in the south west region thus making it our capital advantage to apply this in other places.we believe our approach will be more successful because the beneficiaries will live their actions in the game.This will help them take better decisions for their lives and future. Right now no organisation does this in this sector.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

Right now we are on the conception phase of the game model to be played in the rufugee camps and we are doing some final adjustments and testing the games amongst our team, that is we are holding some game session amongst us before taking it to the field. these gaps are more conceptual and practical because we need to test the games amongst us and make adjustment before taking it ti the field to be applied. right now we have no financial commitment with anybody and we have been doing this as our own contribution to the society.

Tell us more about you.

we are an organization CADAC (Community Awareness and Development association Cameroon) aimed at empowering individuals to be agent of change.the core team memeber for this intiative are kenneth mbache the project officer and idea initiator with a long experience in concieving these game modesl, Djouwa yves he is in charge of out reach and organisation of workshop, Ernest ehabe is the president of the organisation, he oversees all activities. Yes we have connection with south Korea(KOICA)

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Prolonged displacement
  • Other (please specify in next question)

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

our emergency setting will be first the identification of potential peer educators in the community who will be trained and then used to carried out the empowerment.

Where will your innovation be implemented?

this innovation will be implemented in the Gado badzere east region of cameroon, as a pilote phase and this could later be applied in order rural areas of the country and why not other countries if means are available. for the pilote phase this wiill not really be necessary since the initiating team realy has a good knowledge on this.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

In-country Networks

The Team carrying this has a diverse experience in health related issues with the team leader having already played these game models. with orther organizations, the team have been involeve in similar medical outreach and education program. coupled with it partnership with ASCOVIME has carried out many surgeries in rural areas.

Sector Expertise

  • I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

this innovation will be implemented by a team. The principal initiator has used the same model in other sector for example the CoPalCam, game on palm oil with WWF( World Wide fund for Nature) the COMMOD ( Companion modeling) related to indegenous people. this team therefore wants to used this idea to bring forth the education of the girl child on female health and undesired pregnancy. we have tested this game (COFECAM) amongst the team and preparing to take this to the field for implementation.

Innovation Maturity

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Organization Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Organization Location

we are a registered non profit community based organisation and we are based in Yaounde/Cameroon



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