In a HIV risky environment where the girl child is vulnerable, families illiterate and poor, it is paramount that they have accurate and relevant information for HIV prevention, care and support services. There are 141 new HIV infections per day in Cameroon, which means 06 newly infected persons each hour, everyday. The time to act is now. To halt the devastating effects of this epidemic, Cameroon needs to expand HIV prevention and AIDS treatment, care and support services. Our goal is Zero HIV.
In 2011, there are an estimated 560,000 Cameroonians living with HIV. Half of these are women age 15 and up. Cameroon HIV Prevalence rate is 4.6% (UNAIDS Cameroon 2011).
HIV prevalence is growing rapidly. In 1990, there were fewer than 32,000 HIV positive Cameroonians. By 1995, the number of PLHIV increased more than eight times to 264,000. At current rates, there will be about 726,000 PLHIV in 2020. An even larger number of people could be infected if response to HIV and AIDS is neglected.
We use sensitization, education and care services approach in schools and communities to improve learning outcomes in HIV prevention, AIDS care and support, nutritional health promotion, stigmatization, and business development skills for HIV and AIDS care givers. We also help connect male youths and families to HIV and sexual health services, education, testing, referrals, home-based care, and counseling throughout the South West Region, Cameroon.
When a girl gets an opportunity to be educated, she stays healthy and HIV-negative, marries when she chooses, and raises a healthy family, she can raise the standard of living for herself, her siblings, her family, her community, her country and the world at large.
Affording and accessing HIV services is very difficult for poor, rural girl children; stigma in their communities is high. This project will continue to provide services to girl children through 2020 in the South West Region, Cameron
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
United Nations AIDS Cameroon
Cameroon AIDS Control Committee 2020 Policy Doc