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The purpose of this project is to train members of our health team to provide education awareness, medicine and health care and prevention measures to the population impacted with HIV/AIDS in 28 villages in NW Region of Cameroon, Africa in all 28 villages or five zones. Each zone has a health coordinator who serves on the leadership or SNT team and is responsible for communicating with members and potential members in each zone in collaboration with the Zone Director.
The lack of knowledge and contraceptives caused a high rise in in HIV/AIDS in the 28 villages in the NW/SW Regions of Cameroon. Due to the on-going crisis in the NW Region, we have not been successful in using mobile units to educate our people in the 28 villages and neighbouring communities. People are still being killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A couple of weeks ago, a church member was killed and the pastor was wounded at a PCC site. However, we have been able to increase communication in all five zones through the use of zoom, conference calls, mandatory weekly meeting as well as face-to-face meetings.
As HIV/AIDS and Covid - 19 have been a Major concern in our five zones that we serve, JRCCA NGO have been sensitising our indigenous people who have been suffering from this deadly disease that has killed many in their ignorance. JRCCA health and sanitation committee have continued to follow-up with awareness on the symptoms, prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in the five zones that we serve.
Following this education and awareness given to the people by JRCCA health committee many have been responding to abstinence and treatment. Concerning HIV/AIDS in Zone 4, the head of the JRCCA health committee has reported that the number of affected people from the disease is gradually reducing in this Zone. Presently the number of infected people can be estimated to be 30 persons who are currently following up treatment in Mbengwi district hospital. From the previous years till present date at the level of the Health Centers in this zone, JRCCA health committee have been directing pregnant women to get treatment, lactating mothers to prevent the spread of the disease from mother to child and infected persons follow up treatment at the Health district hospital.
Concerning zone two and three, it is reported that the disease has increased from 50% to 60%. The committee in this zone is working hard in creating more awareness and educating the indigenous people on symptoms, prevention, abstinence and treatment who are in the bushes because of the crisis going on seriously in their zone.
Concerning zone five in WEH Wum our JRCCA health committee leader reported that the committee leaders have been carrying on continuous follow-up with the indigenous people in creating more awareness and educating the population of the indigenous people in WEH on the preventive measures, symptoms, and treatment of HIV/ADIS.
The number of infected in this area is decreasing. The statistics have been, Adults from 12 years to 60=59 infected and 9 reduced. Youths from 14-25 =18 infected three reduced. Some of those infected are internally displaced families in Yaounde have been referred to the district hospital Effulan Yaounde by our JRCCA health committee leader for continuous treatment and follow-up by Madam Glory our JRCCA health committee leader here in Yaounde.
We are unable to give the report from zone one because of the crisis and network connection. The report will be coming later as soon as our health committee leader gets network and able to communicate. Lack of connectivity is one of the major problems that our committee have to overcome to get to the people. Our NGO is working on providing network communication to all zones which will assist in providing services to all from the bottom to the top.
On Wednesday 25 August 2021 during our weekly leadership training meeting chairman of JRFIUSA conducted a mini interview amongst representatives from all the five zones to find out the education and awareness levels and the current situation of the Killer disease HIV/AIDS in more than 28 villages and the 5 zones that we serve. Zone 1 representative like zone 5 reported that the HIV/AIDS awareness education project is required for our community. Zone 5 Director equally reported that this killer disease has long been considered as a Taboo not to talk about in our communities,hoseholds and many relatives and friends died out of ignorance.
Today we still don’t have a cure and this remain a big concern among our women, youths, and men in our communities in Cameroon. This was the general agreement amongst the team leaders to sustain the program to extend helping create sustainable education on other diseases like Covid-19, malaria, Hernia, Typhoid, cholera, waterborn diseases and other tropical diseases affecting many in our communities and households in our villages. Our Education and awareness program continues.. Onward and upward .All best to you and thank you for your continued support!