In Cameroon, young people’s access to comprehensive sexuality education is low, leaving them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortion, and STIs, including HIV. Responding to these concerns, FESADE, founded in 1993, developed an interest in adolescent sexual and reproductive health. FESADE has addressed this hole in young people’s education by developing a peer education program from an outreach center in Yaoundé, and a sexuality education curriculum for schools.
In 2012, IWHC supported FESADE’s advocacy for the integration of its successful comprehensive sexuality education curriculum—especially content related to human rights and gender equality—into the national education curriculum. Additional support was provided to help FESADE redesign and launch a website to establish the organization as the leading source of comprehensive information on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Cameroon.
FESADE aims to promote women's physical and mental health to enable them to better cope with the complexity of the problems of development. FESADE works not only with women, but also with families, communities, and young people to encourage healthy behaviors and ensure public policies have a positive impact on women and girls.
IWHC has supported the development and implementation of FESADE’s 21-module comprehensive sexuality education curriculum, which takes a holistic approach to adolescent sexuality providing accurate sexual and reproductive health information and building the skills young people need to make healthy decisions about their lives. Launched in 2007, the curriculum was endorsed by the Ministries of Public Health and Secondary Education and piloted in over 60 schools, reaching approximately 74,000 students in two regions. In addition, its curriculum has reached more than 20,000 teenagers in Yaoundé and the surrounding areas through its peer education program.