The youth in the Education Fights AIDS Network have a lot of fight in them. They fight HIV in their communities. They fight stigma. They fight for each other.
They are also committed to fighting for their health.
And that fight keeps getting more difficult.
Much of the developing world is plagued by poor nfrastructure and poor planning throughout the health system. Cameroon is no different. Increasingly, the poor infrastructure and poor health system significantly impacts the youth in the EFA Network.
The heart of the Circle of Love project is in the provision of the CD4 test, a fairly simple test that assesses the health and strength of the immune system. The CD4 test is not only necessary for monitoring the health of an HIV-positive person but in Cameroon it is a prerequisite for enrollment into the antiretroviral programs. The program has been a resounding success. Our members seek out and take the CD4 tests and many are newly enrolled in the antiretroviral program. In fact, the Circle of Love program has also inspired new membership in our associations.
Now, the CD4 tests have all but disappeared from the public health system. The EFA Network members, HIV-positive young people, are now forced to travel greater distances and access the tests from private clinics.
More than ever, we need your help. We need to meet the rising costs for transportation the test itself to assure that our friends maintain their health.
Please join in the fight for the health of our association members. They fight for each other.
Now, we need to fight for them.