HIV/AIDS work at Bridgers Association Cameroon.
Working in collaboration and partnership with the National AIDS Control Committee (NACC) of Cameroon and we also work with other local partners on the fight against HIV/AIDS. We are seeking for more partners both International and national.
World AIDS Day celebrated every December 1st, was designated as such since 1988. It is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human Immuno-deficiency virus (HIV). By damaging your immune system, HIV interferes with your body’s ability to fight disease. Its incubation phase or period being the interval from HIV infection to the diagnosis of AIDS ranges from 9 months to 20 years or longer, with a median of 12 years. Depending on the individual because some symptoms start earlier in a matter of weeks. Such symptoms include fever, sore throat, and fatigue (for the HIV virus), weight loss, night sweats, and recurrent infections.
They include sexual intercourse (vaginal fluids and semen), blood exposure such as injecting drug use/ needle sharing, and other sharp objects like razors and knives, occupational exposure and blood transfusion. Moreover, perinatal; transmission from mother to baby and breastfeeding.
The most effective method of preventing the spread of HIV is by abstinence. Otherwise, the use of condoms, specifically new condoms, vaccines and daily prevention pills, clean personal needles, and above all blood screening before transfusion.
However, for the infected patients their anti-retro viral drugs are aimed at slowing down the germs ability to reproduce.
In Cameroon, according to official statistics in 2018 by the UNAIDS, the prevalence rate of HIV has dropped currently to 3.4 percent. Compared to the 4.3 percent in 2011 and 3.9 percent in 2016. Thus in 2018, 540,000 people were living with HIV, HIV incidence, the number of new HIV infections among a susceptible population during a certain time among all people of all ages was 1.02%, the percentage of people living with HIV among adults (15-49) was 3.6%. 23 000 people were newly infected with HIV while 18 000 people died from an AIDS related illness. All this has inspired Bridgers to hold high the banner in the eradication of HIV/AIDS in her community and the enforcement of good health for the sustainable development of our communities.
More so a project was implemented by Bridgers in 4 secondary schools located in Yaoundé in April-June 2019: Ayungha Bilingual College, Christian Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS) Nkolmbong, Champion High School, and Mada International College on the subject “Reproductive Health Care and Empowerment: Women, protect your health and future!. This consisted of a sensitization campaign to create awareness amongst the youths on the transmission, symptoms and modes of prevention of the virus given that this disease has no cure. Also, an ongoing project will be implemented in the University of Yaoundé 2, Soa based on the sensitization, education and empowerment of the youths on AIDS/HIV and the distribution of condoms and it’s method of utilisation as a means of curbing the spread of the HIV virus through sexual intercourse in youths and the soa community as a whole in the locality.
In a nutshell, to promote good health and well-being, Bridgers Association Cameroon will keep on fighting for a constant decrease in the rate of HIV in her society and the world at large.