Help Women Stop HIV with Female Condoms - Cameroon

by International Women's Health Coalition

Tell the world what you think.

You generously supported IWHC's partner SWAAC to provide female condoms in Cameroon. SWAAC is a member of the Universal Access to Female Condoms Campaign, which aims to make female condoms available, accessible and affordable to all.

The Campaign hopes to gather 30,000 paper dolls - with personal messages demanding that female condoms are affordable and accessible to all - to create a continuous chain to be displayed on July 27th at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, setting a new Guinness World Record and highlighting the global demand for female condoms.

Write your message on a paper doll here:

Please spread the word about this action that only takes a few seconds to make a huge difference in the lives of women around the world.

Thank you!


We thank YOU from the bottom of our hearts for...

YOUr generosity.

YOUr passion for women and girls’ health and human rights.

YOUr continued support of IWHC and its partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

At first we weren't sure if we'd raise the $4,000 to succeed in GlobalGiving's challenge. But then YOU gave a gift, YOU spread the word and YOU showed us how much you care about preventing HIV and unwanted pregnancy in Cameroon.

YOU inspired us to raise the goal to $8,000 and YOU continued to inspire. Thanks to YOU this project is fully funded.

IWHC's partner SWAAC will use these funds to bolster their work to promote and distribute female condoms to women in poor, isolated areas in Cameroon. They will continue to educate volunteers, religious and ethnic leaders, and traditional healers on how to use female condoms through workshops and trainings. As you know, female condoms are the only woman-controlled method that prevents both HIV and unwanted pregnancy.

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Thank YOU a million times over.

A female condom demonstration in southern Cameroon
A female condom demonstration in southern Cameroon

What You DID.

You helped fund this project! We raised almost $8,000 to promote and distribute female condoms in Cameroon – twice as much as our initial goal. IWHC and our partner SWAAC thank you!

In March, our Program and Communications team visited SWAAC and documented their inspiring work. Check out the photos below to see how your gift is making a difference for women throughout Cameroon. 

What You Can DO Now.

Did you know that in the next decade over 100 million girls will be married under the age of 18, often against their will? YOU can help end early and forced marriage this Mother’s Day, a practice that is harmful to a girl's health and well-being.

Show the amazing women in your life how much you care by making a gift in their honor to support APAD, an organization that empowers survivors of early and forced marriage in the Extreme North region of Cameroon, and educates communities about the intrinsic human rights of girls. Your loved one will receive a personalized card in electronic or paper form.

Thank you for partnering with us to ensure a healthy and just life for women and girls worldwide.

A female condom demonstration in southern Cameroon
A female condom demonstration in southern Cameroon
Rural Nortwest: SWAAC partners with women
Rural Nortwest: SWAAC partners with women's groups
Training traditional healers in rural Northwest
Training traditional healers in rural Northwest
A nurse in SWAAC
A nurse in SWAAC's HIV+ counseling center


Distributing female condoms to women in a market
Distributing female condoms to women in a market

IWHC and our partner, the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa-Cameroon (SWAAC), truly cannot thank you enough for your generosity. Your donations support SWAAC’s work to promote and distribute female condoms - the only woman-controlled method that protects against both HIV and unwanted pregnancy.

We surpassed our goal of $4,000 for this project ($7,355 and counting) – all because of YOU!

In the words of SWAAC program leaders and volunteers:

“It is very good news and we are so grateful for all that you are doing on our behalf.”

“We thank all those who kindly help SWAA-Cameroon to achieve its objectives.”

“SWAAC feels honoured to be so highly assisted in rendering service to the Cameroonian woman. (Written with tears of emotion from this meaningful gesture).”

When IWHC’s Program Officer for Africa, Frederica Stines, visited Cameroon in early December 2011, she was impressed by how much SWAAC accomplished in just a few short months with a small staff and budget.

Since December, SWAAC promoted the use of female condoms to over 12,000 people and distributed 15,000 female condoms throughout the country.

  • During the week of World AIDS Day (December 1) volunteers traveled to nine cities and conducted outreach activities to more than 7,000 people in bars and other social venues. 
  • In local markets in the central and eastern regions 3,000 women vendors learned about female condoms.
  • Volunteers reached out to marginalized groups in the east and the capital city of Yaoundé including 200 refugees, sex workers, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
  •  In the southwest, 1,500 university students attended SWAAC’s female condom demonstrations.

SWAAC volunteers encourage event attendees to actively participate in the female condom demonstration by practicing how to insert a female condom with a reproductive mannequin affectionately called “Madame Jeanne”. The volunteers, who are extremely sensitive to participants’ feelings, laud those who have the courage to step forward.

Participants also learn how to safely negotiate condom use with their partners and are encouraged to tell friends and family about their experiences. Volunteers try to distribute at least two female condoms to each attendee for free, but they often can’t meet the demand.

This project is still active so please consider telling your friends and family about SWAAC – share the link on your Facebook page, Twitter, blog, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring it up in conversation.

Thank you again for all you have done to help IWHC and women in Cameroon!

Learning how to properly insert a female condom
Learning how to properly insert a female condom

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International Women's Health Coalition

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
International Women's Health Coalition
Project Leader:
Anais Rivera
New York, NY United States

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