Greetings To Our Supporters and Donors;
HIV/AIDS and Covid 19 cotinues to be a major concern in the five zones that we serve in the NW English speaking region of Cameroon, Africa. JRCCA's health team continues to be aware of the need to continue to provide health education and support to our indigenous people who continues to suffer from the deadly affects of this virus which has been devestating in its impact to kill our people throughout our five zones.
Cameroon is the only African nation that is receiving some special technical aid and financial support from the United States to combat HIV/AIDS and, we are continuing to provide education awareness, medicine and health care for in patient and out patient, inclucing providing services in training more members of our health team on prevention measures to be use for the entire population to include those with HIV/AIDS in the 28 villages in META, which is the English speaking NW Region of Cameroon, Africa. JRCCA Serves 5 zones, 4 zones within the Meta tribe and the 5th zone being on the international level due to the Civil conflict in Cameroon.
Due to the ongoing crisis, there have been frequent lock-downs in which the people have to remain indoors. Doing these frequent lock-downs by the government, movement by health teams are limited with poor security, poor connectivity with the internet network etc. in the NW Region of Cameroon where most members of our health committee are located and has a major impact on the team's ability to provide consistent services in part of the zone as we are only able to manage communicate with our leaders in the field.
In our previous report we indicated that many people have been responding to abstenance and treatment with an estimate of about 30 persons who are currently under-going follow up treatment in the Mbengwi district Hospital,
Our Health Committee team is located in zone 5 headed by our JRCCA SNT Leader who reported from the SANTA DISTRICT HOSPITAL SITE where she conducted OBSERVATION OF ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT DURING SITE MENTORING. The mentor sent was an Index Tracer(IT) to work with my team to strengthen ICT services. She came in on Tuesday 14/12/2021. She was able to gain acquaintance with my team and work with the data officer to pull out some data relating to ICT and presented it to the team.She gave the team insight on what index testing is all about, how to do it, key aspects about it (like its voluntary, client centered), common mistakes (like assuming that a client is too old to have a sexual contact, assuming client has only a spouse, asking close ended questions, amongst others). She gave staff an opportunity to practice and everyone gave corrections, then she carried out a sample interview/counseling session on a staff.
SDH is required to test 300 contact persons this project year, FY21 and to identify 45 positives. These gives a quarterly target of 75 tests with 11 positives. As at 16/12/2021 SDH had tested 14 contacts with 4 positives leaving a gap of 61 tests and 7 positives. Giving a cumulative target of 136 tests and 18 positives by the end of quarter 2.
Looking at data from October 2020, 216 clients were yet to receive ICT, 262 contacts don’t have an outcome in DAMA. 134 of these contact persons were biological children leaving 128 contacts to be followed up again. DAMA to print out these contacts for follow up. The files of clients yet to receive ICT were pulled out. Those that had been offered the service but weren’t documented were identified and entered into the register for DAMA to update. Sticky notes were placed on the others indicating the need for ICT upon their next refill. ICT was offered to the 6 defaulters that were brought back to care. Clients with HVL are contact traced by the site lead.
We had a time of brainstorming to see what could be done to get results. We have 5 satelite sites in our district and have given them strips, so that in case we have contacts there we can get the contacts to go for a test there. So everyone in my team can offer ICT satisfactorily. She hammered on the need for appropriate documentation. We look forward to better days ahead and are grateful for the opportunity to have someone walk with us.
We are grateful for the continous financial benefits that our nation is receiving to assist us in combating HIV/AIDS in our 28 villages in the English speaking NW Region of Cameroon, Africa. Without this aid and assistance, HIV/AIDS would spread like a wildfire among these indigenious people with little or no education and the lack of health care facilities while we are in the midst of this Civil conflict in our region. We are grateful for the support and donations that our supporters and donors have contributed to assist us in achieving our goals and mission to end HIV/AIDS in our 28 villages.
Our Sincere Appreciation;