Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth

by Education Fights AIDS Cameroon
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Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth

COVID-19 is a catastrophe whose impact is global and nations are still battling with it. Cameroon’s Far North Region is not exempted from this pandemic. To this regard, EFA Cameroon with the financial aid of GlobalGiving came up with a strategy to reach out to the most vulnerable populations in some remote areas of the Far North Region. Context/Justification: Tokombere in Mayo-Sava and Mokolo in Mayo-Tsanaga were prioritized due to the fact that most efforts to prevent the spread of the virus seem to be concentrated in urban centers. It was realized that the zones in question do not have access to information and are therefore more susceptible to contact and transmit the virus due to lack of information.

Using community radio stations for reach out on COVID-19 preventive measures in Tokombere in Mayo Tsanaga and Mayo Sava. Objective: the objective of the activity was to raise awareness among the populations in remote areas who are more vulnerable and almost neglected as far as the pandemic is concerned through community radio stations in order to touch a larger population and minimize risks of infections Strategy: Two Community radio stations were used as sensitization medium because they are listened to by everybody in the divisions. These are: ‘‘SEMENCES DE VIE’’ (frequency 103.9 MHZ) in Tokombéré, Mayo Sava and ‘‘ECHOS DES MONTAGNES’’ (frequency 95.8 MHZ) in Mokolo, Mayo-Tsanaga. Debates and question and answer sessions were done in various local languages, French and English. Activities: activities to implement this project were carried out as follows: - An authorization was obtained by EFA Cameroon from the administrative authorities of the two zone. - T-shirts and gadgets were printed for visibility and hygiene and sanitation items (soap, hydro-alcoholic hand sanitizing gel…) were procured. - Two medical doctors from district hospitals in both zones were recruited for expertise. - During radio sessions, debates were carried out and questions were asked to the public who called in and answered. Listeners who called and responded correctly to questions were awarded gadgets, soap, hand sanitizers and T-shirts. This was aimed at testing the level of awareness on the pandemic and further sensitization of more people. 

A total number of 40 people (19 men and 21 women) were directly involved in the two-day program and were given prices for active participation during the question and answer sessions. The initiative was applauded by the medical doctors traditional and administrative authorities: this is an indication that the impact was great as an estimated 100.000 other people were sensitized in the communities. Community leaders and populations appreciated EFA Cameroon for the concern expressed towards them through the activity and EFA Cameroon is grateful to GlobalGiving for continually trusting her to reach out to the vulnerable groups of people.

                                ANNEXES

I-                  Questionnaire Guide for the Radio Sessions on COVID-19

  1. Cite 7 COVID-19 preventive measures you know.
  2. Which emergency do you call when faced with a suspected case?
  3. What are the means of COVID-19 contamination?
  4. Is COVID-19 transmitted by a virus or bacteria ?
  5. Who is concerned in the fight against COVID-19?
  6. What do we do when coughing or sneezing?
  7. Where are all suspected cases of COVID-19 referred?
  8. In case of the absence of soap and hydro-alcoholic sanitizing gel, what can be used as an alternative for disinfection in the village?
  9. Do we have to reject people infected with COVID-19?
  10. Is there the existence of a vaccine recognized by WHO against COVID-19?
  11. How should a family deal with a case of COVID-19?
  12. Can people be healed of the COVID-19 disease?
  13. Can people be treated of COVID-19 disease?

 

 

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INITIATIVE OF AJUPS/EFA CAMEROON WITH THE SUPPORT OF GLOBALGIVING

Upon the registration of the first cases of COVID-19 contaminated people in Cameroon, in March 2020 EFA Cameroon engaged in an outreach toward her network of associations of People living with HIV/AIDS in a bit to fight against opportunistic diseases and minimize the spread of the global pandemic in the Far North Region, Cameroon. With the help of GlobalGiving, sensitizations were carried out and sanitation items were distributed to them. It is in the same line of action that a member of EFA Cameroon Hamadou Bayegued was assigned to through one of the associations in Yagoua take aid to the association AJUPS and the community. Activities Realized Upon obtaining an authorization for public manifestation from the Divisional Officer the following activities were realized:

- Members of AJUPS Yagoua were sensitized and trained to raise awareness on COVID-19 and best practices to limit its spread.

- An intensive 3 days’ awareness raising involving the Sub-Divisional delegation of Youth and Civic Education, the Yagoua Regional Hospital and the Yagoua Youth association. The Yagoua market was covered.

- Distribution of sanitizing items (buckets, cartoons of soap, hydro- alcoholic sanitizers and printed jackets) to AJUPS, Youth Association and the Sub-Divisional Officer’s office.

TESTIMONIES

- “We appreciate EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving for this technical and financial assistance towards this activity; this activity which we just carried out has revived the Yagoua town and thanks to the support of EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving, we as an association are engaged to continue raising awareness in the communities of our subdivision in order to win the war against COVID-19”                                                      President of AJUPS Yagoua

- “This is an activity of civic responsibility and citizenship which enters the domain health and I solemnly applaud AJUPS, EFA Cameroon/GlobalGiving for having organized this sensitization which is a necessity for the entire youth population of Yagoua”                                                                                                   Sub-Divisional Delegate for Youth and Civic Education Yagoua

- “At first I only heard baseless comments on Corona Virus, but thanks to your efforts I am now edified and sensitized on the dangerous disease. I can protect myself and other people from getting contaminated and more to that, I have gotten a free mask and a bar of soap; a million thanks to the organizer”                           Martine Yagoua town dweller

- “we thank you AJUPS and your people (EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving) for involving the Regional Hospital in this activity which is indispensable for the population of Yagoua in the fight against COVID-19. This activity of AJUPs and its partners falls directly in line with our public health activities under the coordination of District public health at a moment when the entire health family is on the alert, us applauds and encouragements to you and we count you as one of our allies and invite you to extend you effort deep into the communities.”       Dr NLEND Interim Director of the Yagoua Regional Hospital

- “I congratulate and encourage AJUPS, EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving for this significant move which falls directly in line with government directives. I invite AJUPS to continue the work in the communities. You have my entire support”  SOUAIBOU ZOURMBA S.D.O of Yagoua 

 Future Activities

- AJUPS Yagoua: with the sanitization materials received, AJUPS would use part during their routine meetings and the other part for community outreach.

- EFA Cameroon: COVID-19 aid would be taken to AJUPS Memolo and Kousserie to help them prevent opportunistic diseases and the prevent the spread of the virus.

- AJEPS Maroua is already in possession of sanitation items and EFA Cameroon shall accompany her to be more active in the public and to vulgarize best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and equally help other infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in Maroua town in particular and Diamare at large.

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In the context of the reduction and prevention of the spread of corona virus (COVID-19) EFA Cameroon shall take aid in terms of sanitation materials and mini trainings to the associations of PLHIV/AIDS in the Far North Region of Cameroon. These associations were set up by EFA Cameroon with the financial backing of GlobalGiving in a bit to assist and empower these vulnerable groups of people through income generating activity initiatives. To reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 among PVLHIV/AIDS in the Far North, EFA Cameroon work with them by selecting 03 of the association every month to: Exchange with them on prevention best practices (washing of hands and clothes with clean water and soap) and abstinence from handshaking. Raise awareness during meetings on social distancing laying emphasis on the 1m. apart method in respect to the prevention methods put in place by the state authority. The distribution sanitation materials such as soap, hand sanitizers… And also encourage them to stay at home and avoid crowds in order to limit contamination as insisted by the Head of government.

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Date: December 20, 2019

Venue: Kongola Bilingual High school Maroua 

Strategies used : Classrooms sensitization by Peer Educators with the aid of image boxes, Sessions of brainbox games.

Topics : - What is HIV, AIDS and STIs - The different means of transmission - Prevention modes - The importance voluntary testing - The positive life - Mother to child transmission prevention - Caring for People Living with HIV/AIDS by the community.

 Introduction : Following the request of the Coordinator of the Gender and Development Club of the Government Bilingual High School Kongola Maroua and the Principal of the same school, EFA Cameroon who is faithful to the fight against STIs/HIVAIDS in the youth milieu through education, accompanied a group of four (04) trained Peer educators to sensitize students to mark the end of the first semester. Results Achieved: Sensitization Sessions: 345 students sensitized, In 04 classrooms; with of 198 boys and 145 grils.  

Brainstorm Games :

Participants who gave correct responses were rewards and among them was a supervisor who answered a difficult question.

MEN: 01

WOMEN: 00

BOYS: 08

GIRLS: 06

TOTAL: 15

Questions asked and responses helped us to understand that there is till a gap in terms of information on STIs/HIV/AIDS in most of the educational institutions of the region.

The best students of the institution were congratulated and awarded prizes (T-shirts, Packets of books, pens) and academies.

. Sketch group members of the school also received gifts from us.

       Need expressed by Teachers :

-          Which team shall come again;

-          Girl child education should also be addressed.

Positive Points :

-           Students were available and attentive.

-          The school administrators were welcoming.

-          Administrators and students expressed total satisfaction.

Difficulties Encountered :

-          The activity is a mixed one which came at the beginning of a holiday and as such many teachers did not take part sensitization sessions.

Appreciation

We are grateful to:

ü  Global Giving for their permanent financial support;

ü  The Principal of LYMAKO and his collaborators for their warm welcome;

ü  Gender and Development Club Coordinator for the initiative taken;

ü  GENDER AND DEVELOPPEMENT Club President of LYMAKO;

ü  The 04 Peer Educators for their availability;

ü   « Radio CAMPUS » journalist for his active participation.

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Since its inception, EFA Cameroon has been faithful to its primary objective aimed at improving the living conditions of young vulnerable people aged 15-35 who are infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS through different forms of assistance which are:

-          The training of members, peer educators, communities… on generalities and prevention of HIV/AIDS;

-           Support the implementation of I G As (income generating activities) by providing startup funds and accompany groups of vulnerable youth;

-          Medical aid in terms of financing CD4 count tests and viral load charge to extend the parent-child relationship; and

-          Assistance in school kits for children and members of these associations of EFA Cameroon network and partners.                                      

To meet these objectives, EFA Cameroon its traditional donors and most especially GlobalGiving are working hard to support initiatives in the fight against HIV related discrimination and stigma in some communities of the Far North Region of Cameroon.

These various forms assistance strengthen the relationships between parent and child and contribute significantly to the reduction of mortality and morbidity rate within the associations of the EFA Cameroon network. It is worth noting that Counsellors and Psychosocial Assistants trained by EFA Cameroon now work with the “CPDV” in Maroua and others work in Heath Centers throughout the region. They, in turn, provide as much support as they can to their colleagues.

For the current academic year, EFA Cameroon has supported 84 vulnerable children from associations of People Living with HIV in the Far North Region with textbooks and school supplies (see table.)   

LOCALITIES 07

GIRLS   45

BOYS    39

TOTAL   84

Upon receiving the school kits, the children promised best results as and expression of satisfaction to confirm their commitment and engagement to work hard.

Testimonies :

President of « ASFVUMAT »; « I am honored and happy with this great and continuous gesture, our orphans from the associations received school supplies from EFA Cameroon to begin the 2019/2020 academic year. I thank the donors of EFA Cameroon (GlobalGiving) and pray to God that they should continue the assistance to the needy as they have been doing so far in an exceptional manner.”

Son of an « ASFVUMAT » member; “today I received school supplies in order to resume school and I say thank you to GlobalGiving and EFA Cameroon for giving them to me.”

Young girl of 16 years and « JAS » recipient « the school kits I have received will allow me to study well and God willing I will succeed in my exams (“BEPC”) this year. I thank EFA Cameroon and the donors (GlobalGiving). »

President of “ASSYSGOD”;« my son now has enough notebooks and pens to resume studies. I thank EFA Cameroon, I thank GlobalGiving for everything because it has always helped us, I pray that God should take this organization to the highest possible level. »

14 years old girl and member « ASSYSGOD »; « this year, I am going to form 3 and the school supplies I received will greatly help me in my studies. I am grateful to EFA Cameroon »

21-year-old youth, member of « ABEPSA-MA » association; « I just had my « baccalaureate » and am going to the university this year. I received a ream or paper, pens and other school needs and therefore to start school, I have no problem and I owe this to EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving. I thank them so much. »

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Education Fights AIDS Cameroon

Location: Maroua - Cameroon
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Maroua, Extreme North Province Cameroon
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