Delivering direct care to people living with HIV/AIDS in the North West Region, Cameroon
The project was funded by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and implemented by COMINSUD and the “Presbyterian Church in Cameroon’s HIV/AIDS Programme” in collaboration with the Regional Technical Group (RTG) for the Fight against HIV/AIDS in North West Region (NWR).
It had the overall objective to enhance access to care and treatment for infected persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) especially in underserved areas. As a pilot project and following the resources available, the activities were streamlined for efficiency in the outreach.
The first meeting with 17 front line actors to identify success and hindering factors in promoting treatment and adherence was followed by a working session with health personnel, community relay agents, social workers and support group representatives. In this session various ways and measures to increase the health care provider’s efficiency and effectiveness in delivering quality health care and services were discussed and roles and responsibilities clarified.
For the health care providers emphasis was laid on the friendly, professional and encouraging manner of communicating and on the fact that the patient should be allowed to express him/herself and take decisions for him/herself.
The focus of the treatment center was e.g. on the control of prizes and to ensure subsidization for persons from vulnerable groups (e.g. children, widows …). They also have make more staff available to deliver medications to patients living in hard to reach areas, to serve patient better and for a better division of labor in the centers.
As a 3rd activity an A2 format poster and flyers have been designed by COMINSUD and 100 / 2000 copies printed. Flyer and poster can be also downloaded from our website. RTG was distributing these materials to 18 treatment centres in the NWR.
Discussions with 185 PLWHA from three areas in the NWR took place to discuss challenges and obstacles to adhere to treatment and how to overcome them.
160 persons from 10 communities belonging to vulnerable groups (widow/ers, orphans, children) were directly financially supported to do CD4 count tests.
The NWR has a population of over 1.88 million (2010). The impact of HIV/AIDS in the Region is very high, with an average of 6.3 % as against 4.3 % national prevalence rate in 2011.This means around 120000 persons are infected with HIV. The “Getting to Zero strategy 2011-2015” of UNAIDS could not be achieved, since 2014/15 we are working towards the 90–90–90 target to be achieved by 2020.
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