HIV/AIDS: 3,000 Peer Educators To Reduce Prevalence Rate

The first batch started receiving training October 19, 2016 in Douala.

 

According to statistics from the Ministry of Public Health, about 600,000 people are HIV positive and only about 150,000 of the infected population are on treatment. Given that 450,000 knows their status and are not on treatment while a lot more don’t even know their status  is preoccupying. It is for this reason that the Wood Sector in Cameroon dubbed GFBC was chosen by the Health Ministry to pilot the project “HIV prevention within other vulnerable population” financed by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

During the workshop that started with the training of some 32 peer educators of the railway company, the Representative of GFBC President, Jean Faustin Ngueyep, said with a national HIV prevalence rate of 4.3 per cent, the objective is to reduce new infections by 50 per cent in 2017. GFBC will train 3,000 peer educators in the private sector, the prison and refugee camps. To Dr Natalie Nkoue of GFBC, the main focus will be to let the population know their HIV status through voluntary screening, and get them commence treatment immediately. The endeavour will go a long way to prevent new infections and guarantee labour force since the infected population touch 80 per cent of active population.

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