Project completed in the sector of HIV/AIDS

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.

Presentation of the HIV/AIDS Project to the Governor of the NWR Adolphe Lele Lafrique

Presentation of the HIV/AIDS Project to the Governor of the NWR Adolphe Lele Lafrique

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.

Demonstration to PLWHA on ways to adhere to treatment in the Bali District Hospital Support Group

Demonstration to PLWHA on ways to adhere to treatment in the Bali District Hospital Support Group

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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Celebration of WORLD AIDS DAY 2015

Under this year’s theme “Getting to ZERO: ZERO New HIV Infections, ZERO Discrimination, ZERO AIDS Related Deaths” the day’s commemoration in Bamenda was one of Celebration. Celebrating the progression and advancement made over the decades in addressing HIV/AIDS. COMINSUD actively took part this day in promoting the “90-90-90 Target” through an exhibition and use of materials to sensitize the public on the importance to help end the AIDS epidemic.

That is by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

The Governor threw more light on enhancing infected persons’ adherence to treatment, stating clearly-collecting the antiretroviral treatment from the Health center is not enough but taking the treatment correctly, every day and on time.

Yes! We can do it and we must do it” was a strong concluding emphasis made by Dr. Tayong of the Regional Technical Group (RTG) for the Fight against HIV/AIDS, to commemorate the World AIDS Day which is not just for a day but for a season.

HIV – How to increase adherence to treatment?

hiv_posterCOMINSUD collaborates with the Elisabeth Taylor Aids Foundation to provide direct care and services to people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA).  In the run of the project we developed a flyer and a poster to explain what adherence means, how it is done and why it is so important.

There is still a lot of stigma in the society. People don’t collect drugs from their nearest health center because they are afraid that neighbors might see them and start excluding them from the community. Some people do collect the medication but do not take it regularly, which is the major problem according the the health centers. With this poster we want to strengthen the position of PLWHA and also reduce the stigmatization of infected persons.

Feel free to download and share the flyer (pdf, 456 kB) and poster (Size A2, pdf, 1.1 MB) and distribute in your community or health center.