Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth

by Education Fights AIDS Cameroon
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Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Providing HIV services to 20,000 Cameroonian youth
Mouktar excited about going to secondary school
Mouktar excited about going to secondary school

Introduction

As concluded during the handing over ceremony of the school kits in September 2020, the 20 OVCs (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) who were supported last year approached EFA Cameroon and each presented the result of their performance throughout the school year.  The following results emerged: 

 Results

We registered a success rate of 45% of the total number of 20 recipients, that is, 09 (04 girls and 05 boys) of the total number of beneficiaries who gained promotion to the next classes.( see figure in picture section)

Testimony/Expectations

Mami (member of ABEPSA and parent of an assisted child)

“I thank EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving who have been helping us for years with medical support by paying our exams charges. This alleviated our suffering and gave us hope for longer life with our children. Another overwhelming support has been academic, helping us with children's school supplies and fees. Thank goodness my child is going to fifth grade this year. I pray to the Almighty God to give long life to EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving to help many others.”

Challenges

COVID-19 played a significantly negative role in performance of students and pupils in Cameroon's education system generally and we are confident that performance will improve this academic year given the significantly reduced rate of infections in Cameroon.

Future Activities

For the 2021-2022 academic year, EFA Cameroon is grateful for the continuous assistance of GlobalGiving and with the support of GlobalGiving, 20 more OVCs amongst whom are those who gained promotion to the next level shall be registered and assisted with school supplies to encourage education among vulnerable populations of the Far North Region of Cameroon.

EFA Cameroon shall further, follow up and compile documents for the registration of a beneficiary who is physically challenged with the Far North Regional Delegation of Social Affairs.

Table of Results
Table of Results
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She is ready for a new beginning
She is ready for a new beginning

Introduction

 

EFA Cameroon once again reached out to a member of one of the associations among its network of partner associations of people living with HIV/AIDS created with the financial assistance of GlobalGiving to alleviate the suffering of young people infected or affected by HIV or AIDS.

 

Activity

The activity was to select and assist a member of ABEPSA “Association pour le Bien-Etre et la Promotion de la Sante” by helping her with a token to help her relaunch a restaurant business at the Maroua food market.  

Justification

Among the many vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS, EFA Cameroon reached out to this particular case because apart from being a widow, she recently lost her father and was left alone with the burden of 03 children to feed and sponsor in school and at the same time ensure her own medical care to withstand opportunistic diseases. EFA Cameroon therefore supported her with a sum of money to restart her income generating activity to make self-sufficient.

                                                        

Her Story

I had been doing the restaurant business for close to 5 years at " Loumo dolé " in the Maroua general food market which was created with funds from the income generating activities of ABEPSA established by EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving. Thanks to this activity, I was able to meet the needs of my family though I am a widow. I lost my husband 6 years ago and I was left alone to take care of our 03 children (01 and 02 girl) aged 22, 18 and 7 respectively.

 

But 6 months, I was a victim of armed robbery by robbers who invaded my restaurant and made away with everything (mats, benches, dishes, plates, pots… and even food items). I was forced out of business by the incident and have suffered a lot since then because I can no longer afford basic and medical needs for myself and my family.  

 

Tragedy struck again as I lost my father 3 months back. I was touched by the concern EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving and the members of ABEPSA towards me during the mourning period. I appreciate the efforts of EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving to help me bounce back. The assistance I have received will help me relaunch my business and cater for my needs and that of my children " Hadjidja

 

Expected Result

 

The income generating activity would empower her to be able to cater for her medical care against opportunistic diseases and that of her children. Income generated from the business would equally go a long way to help her train her children through school and cater for their basic needs.

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REPORT FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF SCHOOL KITS TO OEVs OF EFA CAMEROON PARTNER ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS

 As usual, EFA Cameroon has always reserved space for assistance in terms of school kits during the back-to-school period for some vulnerable children of her network of association partners and other children in the community.

Activity

It is in the light EFA Cameroon assisted 20 children of 04 of her partner associations and the Maroua community.

 

ASSYSGOD              Godola                               02                             01                             03

ABEPSA                   Maroua                               01                             02                             03

AJEPS                       Maroua                              01                             02                             03

AJEPS                       Mokolo                              02                              01                             03

COMMUNITY              Maroua                              03                              05                             08

TOTAL                                                                09                               11                            20

 

The kits distribution activity took place on Saturday October 10 2020 at EFA Cameroon Head Office Maroua from 10 am to 1 pm and Wednesday October 16, 2020 in Mokolo.

The joy observed on the faces of the children as they received the school kits was sufficient prove of their willingness to go to school. Parents on their part got relieved of the burden linked to providing school needs for their children.

Testimonies

1-     «I am called Doudou Yaya, treasurer of « Association des Jeunes Engages pour la Promotion de la Sante » (AJEPS) Maroua, I am grateful to GlobalGiving and EFA Cameroon who have always assisted in the education of children of members of our association. Here I am today with my child who is a second-year university student; without the support of GlobalGiving, he would have dropped out given my vulnerable state.”

2-     Mairamou Hamadjouma a member of « Association des Sympathisants du Secteur Godola et Dogba » (ASSYSGOD) said ; « it’s since 2006 that EFA Cameroon is with us, she took charge in the creation and legalization of our association. We would never be exhausted of appreciating especially GlobalGiving who has been faithful in supporting EFA Cameroon’s activities. Right now, our children have received   school assistance just like in the past years, they are quite performant in school. We wish EFA and her potentional donor, GlobalGiving a long live for their assistance to the OEVs.”

From the testimonies, we were convinced that GlobalGiving’s assistance was strongly anticipated because many vulnerable children have been able to continue their studies. We sincerely appreciate all who support EFA Cameroon from far and near especially GlobalGiving for her close collaboration.

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COVID-19 is a catastrophe whose impact is global and nations are still battling with it. Cameroon’s Far North Region is not exempted from this pandemic. To this regard, EFA Cameroon with the financial aid of GlobalGiving came up with a strategy to reach out to the most vulnerable populations in some remote areas of the Far North Region. Context/Justification: Tokombere in Mayo-Sava and Mokolo in Mayo-Tsanaga were prioritized due to the fact that most efforts to prevent the spread of the virus seem to be concentrated in urban centers. It was realized that the zones in question do not have access to information and are therefore more susceptible to contact and transmit the virus due to lack of information.

Using community radio stations for reach out on COVID-19 preventive measures in Tokombere in Mayo Tsanaga and Mayo Sava. Objective: the objective of the activity was to raise awareness among the populations in remote areas who are more vulnerable and almost neglected as far as the pandemic is concerned through community radio stations in order to touch a larger population and minimize risks of infections Strategy: Two Community radio stations were used as sensitization medium because they are listened to by everybody in the divisions. These are: ‘‘SEMENCES DE VIE’’ (frequency 103.9 MHZ) in Tokombéré, Mayo Sava and ‘‘ECHOS DES MONTAGNES’’ (frequency 95.8 MHZ) in Mokolo, Mayo-Tsanaga. Debates and question and answer sessions were done in various local languages, French and English. Activities: activities to implement this project were carried out as follows: - An authorization was obtained by EFA Cameroon from the administrative authorities of the two zone. - T-shirts and gadgets were printed for visibility and hygiene and sanitation items (soap, hydro-alcoholic hand sanitizing gel…) were procured. - Two medical doctors from district hospitals in both zones were recruited for expertise. - During radio sessions, debates were carried out and questions were asked to the public who called in and answered. Listeners who called and responded correctly to questions were awarded gadgets, soap, hand sanitizers and T-shirts. This was aimed at testing the level of awareness on the pandemic and further sensitization of more people. 

A total number of 40 people (19 men and 21 women) were directly involved in the two-day program and were given prices for active participation during the question and answer sessions. The initiative was applauded by the medical doctors traditional and administrative authorities: this is an indication that the impact was great as an estimated 100.000 other people were sensitized in the communities. Community leaders and populations appreciated EFA Cameroon for the concern expressed towards them through the activity and EFA Cameroon is grateful to GlobalGiving for continually trusting her to reach out to the vulnerable groups of people.

                                ANNEXES

I-                  Questionnaire Guide for the Radio Sessions on COVID-19

  1. Cite 7 COVID-19 preventive measures you know.
  2. Which emergency do you call when faced with a suspected case?
  3. What are the means of COVID-19 contamination?
  4. Is COVID-19 transmitted by a virus or bacteria ?
  5. Who is concerned in the fight against COVID-19?
  6. What do we do when coughing or sneezing?
  7. Where are all suspected cases of COVID-19 referred?
  8. In case of the absence of soap and hydro-alcoholic sanitizing gel, what can be used as an alternative for disinfection in the village?
  9. Do we have to reject people infected with COVID-19?
  10. Is there the existence of a vaccine recognized by WHO against COVID-19?
  11. How should a family deal with a case of COVID-19?
  12. Can people be healed of the COVID-19 disease?
  13. Can people be treated of COVID-19 disease?

 

 

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INITIATIVE OF AJUPS/EFA CAMEROON WITH THE SUPPORT OF GLOBALGIVING

Upon the registration of the first cases of COVID-19 contaminated people in Cameroon, in March 2020 EFA Cameroon engaged in an outreach toward her network of associations of People living with HIV/AIDS in a bit to fight against opportunistic diseases and minimize the spread of the global pandemic in the Far North Region, Cameroon. With the help of GlobalGiving, sensitizations were carried out and sanitation items were distributed to them. It is in the same line of action that a member of EFA Cameroon Hamadou Bayegued was assigned to through one of the associations in Yagoua take aid to the association AJUPS and the community. Activities Realized Upon obtaining an authorization for public manifestation from the Divisional Officer the following activities were realized:

- Members of AJUPS Yagoua were sensitized and trained to raise awareness on COVID-19 and best practices to limit its spread.

- An intensive 3 days’ awareness raising involving the Sub-Divisional delegation of Youth and Civic Education, the Yagoua Regional Hospital and the Yagoua Youth association. The Yagoua market was covered.

- Distribution of sanitizing items (buckets, cartoons of soap, hydro- alcoholic sanitizers and printed jackets) to AJUPS, Youth Association and the Sub-Divisional Officer’s office.

TESTIMONIES

- “We appreciate EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving for this technical and financial assistance towards this activity; this activity which we just carried out has revived the Yagoua town and thanks to the support of EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving, we as an association are engaged to continue raising awareness in the communities of our subdivision in order to win the war against COVID-19”                                                      President of AJUPS Yagoua

- “This is an activity of civic responsibility and citizenship which enters the domain health and I solemnly applaud AJUPS, EFA Cameroon/GlobalGiving for having organized this sensitization which is a necessity for the entire youth population of Yagoua”                                                                                                   Sub-Divisional Delegate for Youth and Civic Education Yagoua

- “At first I only heard baseless comments on Corona Virus, but thanks to your efforts I am now edified and sensitized on the dangerous disease. I can protect myself and other people from getting contaminated and more to that, I have gotten a free mask and a bar of soap; a million thanks to the organizer”                           Martine Yagoua town dweller

- “we thank you AJUPS and your people (EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving) for involving the Regional Hospital in this activity which is indispensable for the population of Yagoua in the fight against COVID-19. This activity of AJUPs and its partners falls directly in line with our public health activities under the coordination of District public health at a moment when the entire health family is on the alert, us applauds and encouragements to you and we count you as one of our allies and invite you to extend you effort deep into the communities.”       Dr NLEND Interim Director of the Yagoua Regional Hospital

- “I congratulate and encourage AJUPS, EFA Cameroon and GlobalGiving for this significant move which falls directly in line with government directives. I invite AJUPS to continue the work in the communities. You have my entire support”  SOUAIBOU ZOURMBA S.D.O of Yagoua 

 Future Activities

- AJUPS Yagoua: with the sanitization materials received, AJUPS would use part during their routine meetings and the other part for community outreach.

- EFA Cameroon: COVID-19 aid would be taken to AJUPS Memolo and Kousserie to help them prevent opportunistic diseases and the prevent the spread of the virus.

- AJEPS Maroua is already in possession of sanitation items and EFA Cameroon shall accompany her to be more active in the public and to vulgarize best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and equally help other infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in Maroua town in particular and Diamare at large.

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Education Fights AIDS Cameroon

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