End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa

by John Retreat Foundation Internation USA Inc (JRFIUSA-INC)
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End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
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End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa
End HIV/AIDS in 28 Villages in NW Cameroon, Africa

Greetings;

Happy New Year to all of our sponsors and contributors. 

As we begin a new year we are hoping for the best as we have had to survive many and various conditions since we have been the subjects of an ongoing war against the people from the English speaking NW Region of Camerooon.

We wish to state that we are grateful and humbled by the support that you have been providing for us here in Cameroon.

Please note that due to the displacement of our people because of the ongoing war, we have not been able to keep up with the demand for good quality medical support for our families who are having to deal with the affect of HIV/AIDS in the NW Region.   

We do not have specific data, however it has been reported that there has been a significat increase in the spread of HIV/AIDS among the families and members of the English speaking displaced families in Cameroon, Africa due to the living conditions  in which they have had to survive. There is no relief in sight!

Desperately needed medical suppplies have not been forth coming to the area or to areas where these families have taken refugee to avoid being killed.  Displaced families and others have been warned not to go into these areas that we represent for no reasons due to the fact that they will be placing their lives at risk. 

We are committed to work with over 200 displaced families from the NW Region in Cameroon, Africa.  We are striving to put together a container that we may be able to bring some relief by provinding a variety of medical supplies, food and personal care items for victlims who are settling in other areas including hiding out in the jungles.

The current situation for our displaced families are desparate and they can use any and all support from our friends and supporters.  Without this support, the number of victims will increase!

Currently  HIV/AID project shows there have been an increase in the spread of HIV/AID due to the displacement of families from their homes, villages and communities due to the effects of the ongoing war in the NW/SW areas in Cameroon. 

Because families have been displaced they have not been able to seek proper medications and medical care.  Recently we received a request for medical supplies, personal care items and food for our population who are suffering the impact of being displaced.  We are in the process within the next 90 days to raise funds in order to be able to send a container of these requested supplies to Cameroon, Africa.

Because of the ongoing conflict directed at families in the Meta, NW Region in Cameroon, volunteers have been told by the State Department to try and stay away from this area at this time.  Hopefully, if we can supply medical supplies, personal care items and food, it would be distributed to displaced families who are on the run and who have settled temporarily in other area in Cameroon or who are living in refugee camps in other areas of Africa. 

We will continue to work with other agencies and organizations to help reduce the impact of HIV/AID in Cameroon, Africa.

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Greetings,

We are very grateful for our supporters and support for our displaced families who are on the run from our homes, villages and communities while this war crisis has been ongoing in the META (English Speaking) part of Cameroon in the NW and SW regions of the country. 

Despite the fact that our families have had to survive many unforseen conditions for the past couple of years with little or no resources, we can today say that we are holding our heads high and praying for the best outcome for our families. The increase in instability of our families have increased the issue of HIV/AIDS in our environment. 

We are happy to report that we have continued to maintain our focus on good health in our place of hiding and in the field by conducting good health talks and training classes and handing out free health packages that are given out to those who are still hiding out in the bushes. 

Because of the hostile climate in the area,  many people are afraid of leaving their hiding place in the bushes for fear that they might be killed. These families have a desperate need for basic medical supplies and food. 

At the beginning of the month of September, the President directed the Prime Minister to begin a dialogue with the victims from the NW and SW region. 

As of this date, we are unaware of any progress in the conditions that existed before the President recommended that there be a conversation to see if the issues which led to the conflict could be resolved. 

As of this report there have been no changes in the conditions that impacted the day to day life style of the families who are displaced and are experiencing more difficulities because of lack of coordinated resources that are basis for human survival which includes opening the schools for our children to attend. 

In some cases, our children have not attended school for the past three years.

We are hopeful that a resolution to the issues which brought about the crisis will be resolved in the very near future in order for our families to return to their villages,homes and communities and continue to grow and develop their lives in a healthy manner and spirit. 

At this time we have a desperate need for basic health supplies as well as upgrade in food and shelter for our families still in hiding  in the bushes and those who are on the run  in the French speaking areas and/or in other border countries.

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Greetings;

 

We recognize the importance of education about HIV/AIDS in the NW Region of Cameroon, Africa for women, men,youths and children on the run from their native villages and communities despite the ongoing continuous unsafe and hostile environment in the Anglophone provinces.

 

We have organized weekly training classes  each Friday to provide ongoing training and education for families on the run in our new home area. 

 

Although the need is still great in the area, we have been hampered in our efforts to educate this population in the field because many of the men, women and children are on the run from the area.  We have not been able to  fully develop the mobile project due to the ongoing conflict and danger of being in the area.

 

We find that children have not been spared from the patterns of violence, they have often been deliberately targeted or insufficiently protected or both.  Our children have been subjected to trauma, insecuritly and displacement that come with arm conflict which might affect their ability to achieve their potential for learning.

 

We are hoping for an immediate cease fire to the hostilities plaguing the Anglophone Regions so as to preserve human lives being wasted on daily basis.   Our children have been exposed to violence inluding sexual violence, gender violence, abduction, and other forms of explorationl and violence against children. 

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Greetings To All Our Supporters,
Thank you for being there for our organization throughout 2018 and 2019.  As you know, our displaced families have been on the run since about August 2018 and we have not been able to return to the war torn areas of our 28 villages to provide services for them due to the on-going military conflict in which many people have either escaped the area or have been killed. 
While on the run for such a long period of time Our staff has continued meeting and providing on-going counseling and training in the field in our new environment due to the fact that our greatest challenge HIV/AIDS is the main deathly sexually transmitted infection in our society today and has affected many villagers in the NW Region of Cameroon.
Some of our staff have been invited to attend a health, education and business development summit in Tyrone, GA from May 9 to June 9, 2019.  This experience will enable them to acquire skills that should help them rebuild their lives and the people in the villages after they return to Cameroon and after they return to their villages free of war conflict. 
Studies shows that the age group highly affected with HIV/AIDS is the economically active population. As we stated in prior reports that some villages in the NW Region suffer from prevalence rates above 10% due to social acceptance, and high incidence of polygamy, early marriages and early pregnancies, lack of knowledge and contraceptives have caused a high rise in the NW Region.Solution

This project has organized a mobile health team who is trained to provide education, awareness, medicine, health care and preventative measures to the population impacted with HIV/AIDS in our 28 villages.   When things return to normal in the NW Region the remodeled  hospital and the JRCCA Urgent Care Centers in the Four Zones will be able to provide these services on a continueal basis and reduce the stigma associated with the disease while working with women and girls to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Long-Term Impact

The government of Cameroon has in its Global objectives to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The age group which is currently affected with HIV/AIDS is the economically active population which will be able to actively participate in the economical development of the 28 villages.

Our project will enable everyone in the villages to become aware of their status and seek good health care and treatment at the hospital or JRCCA's Urgent Care Centers which will reduce the stigma associated with the disease.

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HIV/AIDS Project update Report by JRCCA President

 

Updates from the field

By Gideon , Celine , Will, Valery ,  Project Team Members

 

HIV/AIDS Project

 

February 11, 2019

 

Good day and I hope that this report will meet everyone in good health and spirit.   The purpose of this report is to update donors on our efforts to implement our HIV/AIDS mobile project in the Zang Tabi Taah, Meta Mbengwi North West Region in Cameroon, Africa for the people within 28 villages in the remote jungle area in Meta Cameroon in which family members, teenagers and children are suffering from the horrific effects of HIV/AIDS.

 

Sadly, we have to report at this time that the military conflict in the NW and SW Regions in Cameroon continues to make it unsafe for our team to implement our mobile health unit in the area of Zang Tabi Taah, Meta Mbengwi North West Region in Cameroon, Africa.  Our team had to abandon our work in the area and evacuate to an undisclosed safe area outside of the Meta area.  The JRCCA health team has continued to be inspired and determined to provide basic HIV/AIDS health care and training while on the run and in hiding from the military conflict. We are committed to assist the families to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in our villages and communities.  Several of our Health Team members had to leave their homes with only clothing on their back during the night. Working in the area with the on-going military crisis is unsafe for our health team at this time.  While in hiding we are maintaining basic health care for our displaced families.

 

Despite the danger of traveling in the region we have been informed that Nancy Azah and her husband Njong who were killed during this crisis will be replaced at the hospital and we will be able to continue to collaborate with the hospital to provide services for our clients in rural areas in the future when the crisis is over.

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The Cameroon Medical Council says, due to the ongoing conflict, the exact number of medical staff who has fled the two volatile regions is unknown.  More than 300 civilians and security forces have been killed in Cameroon's English-speaking regions since 2016, when separatists launched their drive for an independent state they call Ambazonia.  The United Nations says at least 200,000 people have been internally displaced in the conflict and tens of thousands have fled to neighboring Nigeria as medical staffs abandon hospitals in Cameroon's troubled region in a report by Moki Edwin Kindzeka.

 

On August 28, 2018 we succeeded in moving families and health team out of the deep forest in Zang Tabi Meta NWR to an undisclosed site where they are safe from the gun shots but are facing other adversities living in a foreign area in their native, Africa.

The health team reported on their Education training and awareness on JRCCA HIV/AIDS Project conducted on December 15, 2018.    JRCCA Team in Yaounde on the run held an educational training class led by Madam Valery on HIV/AIDS Education and Awareness. Presentation started with word of prayer by the President and followed by a welcome and introduction of Valery one of the

JRCCA Health Committee team member in charge of JRCCA HIV/AIDS project.

Who thought us on the definition and how to prevent it and stay healthy? Valery then thought the team about the definition of HIV/AIDS . She defines it as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. She said HIV is the virus and Aids is when the antibodies are infected. She stated that the first step to train people who go on the field and educate the people to know their status and decide. Once clear, it should be avoided by all continuous educating the people and conducting annual check. She was assisted by Madam Will and Madam Comfort who are both members of the health committee. It was agreed that they will be conducting their training while on the run so as to prepare and trained personnel, put their plan together on how to implement when the they returned to Zang Tabi Taah Meta villages where the HQ is located after the crisis is over.  

  

Present at the Meeting where: 

  1. Comfort   
  2. Loveline   
  3. John  
  4. Ruben   
  5. Will   
  6. Richard   
  7. Ruth 
  8. Rose 

Meanwhile our Staff from the field indicated that is still not safe to return to Zang Tabi where we will l conduct our training of staff that will assist in the sensitization, education and assist victims or affected. In the meantime, while on the run we are continuing our training while celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, we also plan our meetings, visiting and working with groups and communities in Yaoundé. 

 

We also  continue to  pray for peace to come and received those who come to visit us and listen to our plights like Patrick,  Patricia, Beatrice ,  Walters, Mundi ,  Charles etc.. More updates to come. Our challenges are many but we are thankful to God for our sister organization JRFIUSA and the many good people out there who are praying for us and providing us with the sustainable support that make us continue our humanitarian efforts today and after this is over so we can return back to working with our communities in the Jungles of Meta that are in dare need of our services and efforts.. God bless you all.

 

Report submitted by President Ma Comfort 


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John Retreat Foundation Internation USA Inc (JRFIUSA-INC)

Location: Tyrone, GA - USA
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Celine Ticha
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