Over 500,000 people in Cameroon are HIV-positive. According to the most recent Demographic and Health Survey, only one-third of Cameroonian youth know how to prevent HIV transmission, and only 11% had received an HIV test in the last year. Affording and accessing HIV services is very difficult for poor, rural youth; stigma in their communities is high. This project will continue to provide community-based HIV services to over 20,000 youth in rural communities in northern Cameroon.
EFA's peer educators give youth and families critical knowledge for HIV prevention, gender-based violence, and family health. Thanks to EFA's partnership with health facilities throughout the region, they also help connect communities to HIV and sexual health services (including prevention of mother-to-child transmission), education, testing, referrals, home-based care, and counseling.
HIV+ youth and families will access testing, treatment, and care. Communities will be better educated to prevent HIV. Stigma against HIV+ people will decrease. HIV+ individuals will be leaders in their communities and live healthier, more productive lives.
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