Health

HIV/AIDS

The primary goal of the HIV/AIDS Sensitization Program is to spread awareness, thereby reducing the number of new infections in Cameroon. The program aims to correct common misconceptions about HIV/AIDS and to ensure that individuals have accurate information, which will help them to make informed decisions.

The sensitization program aims to:

  • Give individuals the confidence and tools to be able to negotiate sex with a partner
  • Encourage individuals to think about sex and to allow them to assess the risks of any type of sexual activity
  • Teach individuals how to reduce the risk of infection by encouraging abstinence, delaying sexual activity, using condoms, and reducing their number of partners
  • Explain where to go to get testing, diagnosis, and counseling for HIV/AIDS
  • Help individuals understand the implications of being HIV infected and to encourage them to keep themselves as healthy as possible, thereby reducing the risk of opportunistic infections Give caregivers information on how to care for HIV/AIDS patients

MALARIA PROGRAM

  • Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.
  • A child dies of malaria every 30 seconds.
  • There were 247 million cases of malaria in 2006, resulting in 1.5-2.7 million deaths yearly
  • Malaria is preventable and curable.
  • Approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, particularly those living in lower-income countries.
  • Travellers from malaria-free areas to disease "hot spots" are especially vulnerable to the disease.
  • Malaria has been shown to have a significant impact on the economic growth of affected populations, costing Africa an estimated $12 billion in lost GDP growth every year
  • Sensitize and educate public on crucial malaria issues;
  • Carry malaria-related messages to the grassroots;
  • Create awareness on causes and costs of malaria hazard on the people and economy of the nation;
  • Keep the public fully informed on recent research results, medication, and other malaria prevention and eradication efforts;
  • Conduct robust media advocacy campaigns, with view of attaining very strategic results in the fight against malaria. CAPEC’s Malaria Prevention Project CAPEC resource persons distributing free mosquito nets and other gifts to school children at Bitame Lucia nursery and primary school, Nkolfoulou, Yaounde. CAPEC has provided free mosquito nets to school children and pregnant women through prenatal clinics. We distribute nets treated with safe long-lasting insecticide as recommended by the World Health Organization. Such nets are highly effective as they establish a zone of protection, which covers the people sleeping under the net as well as anyone in the same household. By providing the nets through prenatal clinics CAPEC gives an incentive for women to seek early prenatal services, including voluntary HIV counseling and testing. CAPEC shall ensure the continued effectiveness of its program by monitoring the distribution of the nets at the clinic; by conducting random home visits to ensure that the nets are used properly; and through the analysis of data collected from participating clinics. We are presently working hard to get an initial push to start with this salient project. We greatly welcome all donations (financial, material and equipment) that will enable us successful carry out this malaria local campaign. Every cent of your donation will assist us to buy a bed-net to protect a pregnant woman or a child.