Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth

by Education Fights AIDS Cameroon
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Summary

Each year, EFA reaches thousands of men, women and youth in outreach sessions throughout the Far North Region of Cameroon. In a marginalized part of the country where poverty and illiteracy challenge families, it is paramount that poeple receive accurate and relevant information for HIV prevention. EFA's peer educators undergo a 6-month training in basic biology and sexual health, gender, and communication skills to provide effective outreach. Help EFA to empower an AIDS-free generation!
$50,000
total goal
$8,979
remaining
197
donors
9
monthly donors
6
years active

Challenge

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.

Solution

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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​www.facebook.com/​efacameroon
EFA Cameroon Facebook page

Organization Information

Education Fights AIDS Cameroon

Location: Maroua - Cameroon
Project Leader:
Alim Ousmanou
Maroua, Extreme North Province Cameroon
$41,021 raised of $50,000 goal
 
 
542 donations
$8,979 to go
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