Project #12710

HIV/Sex-ED Day Camp for At Risk Youth in Cameroon

by Better Family Foundation

Since the last report Better Family Foundation (BFF) has been busy on the field doing monitoring and evaluation on HIV/AIDS activities in the four health facilities in Boyo division.

During this excercise BFF staff  visited the selected communities and worked with them without the representatives of the health units in the community. Through this interaction, BFF was able to gather information on how the health unit in the community is intervening in HIV/AIDS issues and the weaknesses realized.

After, the community meetings, BFF staff went ahead to organize interface meeting bringing together some selected members from the community meeting and health unit workers as well as community health workers. During this meeting the community members presented the decisions arrived at during the community meeting.

Through this, the health units become aware of the concerns of the community and what they need to do to improve on their interventions on HIV/AIDS programs. By this means the health facilities also let the community members to know what is expected of them to mitigate the spread of HIV in the communities.

Our appreciation towards the mobilization of all the stakeholders goes to all those who contributed in whatever way to assist BFF to carry out the program.

Since our last report Better Family Foundation has been monitoring and evaluating the impact of our aggressive HIV/AIDS campaign which was recently launched in Fundong. After our campaign we are presently following up those who  took part in the campaign to assess its impact on their lives and community.

This is done by re-testing those who were tested, checking their use of condoms as a preventive measure and checking if they are practising positive living habits. We also provide condoms and follow up healthy carriers to frequently get to their treatment centres and take their drugs as prescribed.

The excercise is yielding some positive resultsand we hope if this continues, this will reduce the prevailence rate of the pandermic in our community.

Thanks to all who have being donating their resources in whatever way in order to enable us run this program effectively.

During the last three months Better Family Foundation has embarked on aggressive HIV/AIDS campaign in Fundong in order to prevent and /or reduce the spread of the virus in this community. To achieve this objective posters were posted on most strategic positions around the town and hand bills given to bike riders to sensitize the population particularly the youths about the HIV/AIDS screening and testing.

To facilitate the screening and tesing excercise, Better Family Foundation used the money raised through Global Giving to hire the technical services of medical personnel from the Fundong District Hospital.

This campaign has been organized on every Fundong local market days and the services of peer educators have been employed on each campaign day to help orientate the people to testing venue. (See picture attached).

We thank all who contributed in what ever way to raise the required money for this activity.

During the last three months Better Family Foundation has been blessed with a Peace Corps Volunteer who in his community need assessment carried out research in collaboration with BFF staff on the prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS. The research results showed that the rate in Boyo Division is 4.6%. The result analysis showed that the youth are more affected than any other age group.

There after we have been holding meetings with health officials on how to redress the prevailing situation. Also sensitization campaigns have been organized in  some secondary schools in order to teach the students prevention strategies. Also we have applied for grants from organizations like the PEPFAR grant with the hope that if granted aggressive campaign on HIV/AIDS will be launched in this community.

Also we have held meetings with some health officials soliciting for free HIV/AIDS screening amongs the youth in this area. All these meetings have been successful and we hope to continue lobbying for more opportunities to assist our youths.

The money we have received for this purpose has been put into use during our research and sensitization programs and we wish to thank our donors for such great gesture.

Since the last report Better Family Founndation has being busy on the field planning on how to organize the would be HIV/Sex-ED camp for at risk youth in Fundong subdivision and beyond. BFF management has been   lobbying for partners such as Peace Corps Cameroon through its Volunteers and Nourish Student International in the United States on how to raise resources to add to what our donors will provide in order to make tthe organization of the workshop possible. In doing this we have been communicating with these partners signing memorandum of understanding and defining our variuos roles during the implementation of the project.

Counting on faith that we will raise the required resources for the camp, we have used the remaining youth at risk manuals to support a similar camp for the Fonfuka Youths. Fonfuka is a town some 60 km away from Fundong town. This is a camp organized by the Peace Corps volunteer resident in Fonfuka.

We are also busy working with our peer educators sensitizing youths in and around Fundong on how to prevent HIV/AIDS in our society.

We heartedly thank all our donors for helping us to reduce the prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in our community.

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Organization Information

Better Family Foundation

Location: Fundong, Boyo Division, NW - Cameroon
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Project Leader:
Stephen Cormier
Fundong, Boyo Division Cameroon