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