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The premiere of the Nkafu Policy Institute’s documentary, “Our Monique”, marked a significant milestone in our journey to advocate for improved maternal healthcare in Cameroon. Hosted on March 26 2024, at the Muna Foundation in Yaounde, this event brought together a diverse audience of stakeholders, including media, healthcare professionals, researchers, and concerned citizens, all united in their commitment to addressing the critical issues surrounding maternal mortality in Cameroon.

The premiere commenced with the screening of the fifteen-minute documentary, “Our Monique,” which vividly portrayed the tragic story of Monique Koumatekel and her twin unborn babies. The audience was deeply moved as they witnessed the heartbreaking events that unfolded at a renowned Public Hospital in Douala, shedding light on the harsh realities faced by pregnant women in Cameroon.

Woman showing sad emotion at Premiere of Our Event

Emotions ran high as participants were deeply moved by  “Our Monique”

Amidst the emotions and reflections at the premiere, participants observed a significant minute of silence,  honoring Monique’s memory and the countless lives lost due to inadequate maternal healthcare. Following the screening, an interactive panel discussion ensued, featuring experts from various fields, including media, research centers, insurance, and medical practice. The panelists delved into the root causes of maternal mortality, examining systemic barriers, such as financial constraints and unprofessional conduct within healthcare facilities. Thought-provoking insights were shared, sparking meaningful dialogue and fostering a collective resolve to drive positive change.

The event concluded with a question-and-answer session, allowing attendees to engage directly with the panelists and express their thoughts, concerns, and suggestions. This open exchange of ideas reinforced the importance of collaborative efforts in tackling the multifaceted challenges of maternal healthcare and underscored the urgent need for actionable solutions.

Our Monique Premiere

Family picture of “Our Monique” premiere

As we reflect on the success of this premiere, we are reminded of the critical work that lies ahead. “Our Monique” is more than just a documentary; it is a catalyst for change, igniting a movement to prioritize maternal health and ensure that no woman in Cameroon suffers the same fate as Monique Koumatekel. In the coming weeks and months, we remain committed to amplifying our advocacy efforts, raising awareness, and mobilizing support for policies and initiatives that will safeguard the lives of mothers and their unborn children.

Watch “Our Monique” here