In 2011, EFA International reached 18,600 men, women and youth in 129 outreach sessions throughout the Far North Region of Cameroon. In a marginalized part of the country where poverty and illiteracy challenge families, it is paramount that they have accurate and relevant information for HIV prevention. EFA's 38 peer educators undergo a 6-month training in basic biology and sexual health, gender, and communication skills to provide effective outreach. Help EFA to empower an AIDS-free generation!
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Over 500,000 people in Cameroon are HIV-positive. According to the most recent Demographic and Health Survey, only one-third of Cameroonian youth know how to prevent HIV transmission, and only 11% had received an HIV test in the last year. Affording and accessing HIV services is very difficult for poor, rural youth; stigma in their communities is high. This project will continue to provide community-based HIV services to over 20,000 youth in five rural communities in northern Cameroon.
How will this project solve this problem?
EFA's peer educators give youth and families critical knowledge for HIV prevention, gender-based violence, and family health. Thanks to EFA's partnership with health facilities throughout the region, they also help connect communities to HIV and sexual health services (including prevention of mother-to-child transmission), education, testing, referrals, home-based care, and counseling.
Potential Long Term Impact
HIV+ youth and families will access testing, treatment, and care. Communities will be better educated to prevent HIV. Stigma against HIV+ people will decrease. HIV+ individuals will be leaders in their communities and live healthier, more productive lives.
Total Funding Received to Date: $22,491
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,509
Total Funding Goal: $25,000