Ending the AIDS epidemic

Fundación Recover is implementing a project in Obout, Cameroon, with the aim of creating a Support Unit (UPEC, Unité de Prise en Charge) for the regular care and follow-up of patients with HIV/AIDS and opportunistic diseases in this region's Medical Centre (MC). The initiative aims to contribute to achieving Goal 3.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals: ending, among other things, the AIDS epidemic.


CONTEXT
23 billion people live in Cameroon and the area of Obout has 6,000 inhabitants with an estimated life expectancy of 54 years. The World Bank says that the prevalence of the virus in Cameroon, among adults, has doubled between 1990 and 2015, almost 5% of the population is infected with HIV and only 37% have access to antiretroviral treatment. Furthermore, it is estimated that 4,000 children have been infected through vertical mother to child transmission. The main reasons people with HIV end up dying of AIDS in Cameroon lies in ignorance about the virus, its transmission and how to treat it.

PROJECT
The project aims to refurbish a room and acquire equipment, together with training 6 medical centre professionals in management and care provision.

On the other hand, another aim is designing and implementing an assistance and social integration plan for people affected by HIV/AIDS attending this unit. There will be 4 awareness and free HIV/AIDS testing campaigns.

Furthermore, as information and awareness-raising measures, materials raising awareness and radio messages about HIV/AIDS will be distributed and broadcast in Obout and the neighbouring villagers.

At least 180 people with HIV/AIDS will be able to continue their treatment at Obout Medical Centre and appreciate how it improves their quality of life at the end of the project.

UPEC will be properly equipped and will have trained personnel available to provide the appropriate follow-up for patients with HIV/AIDS.

At the end of the project, the Obout Medical Centre will be officially recognised by UPEC on behalf of the Cameroonian Ministry of Health. Furthermore, there will be at least 6,000 people from Obout and the neighbouring communities whose awareness will have been raised and who will have received information about HIV/AIDS.

BENEFICIARIES
The direct beneficiaries of the project are 153 HIV carriers, who in 2017 were being treated in Obout MC, and their families, plus any newly-infected people, who can be tested and treated, it is estimated this will be at least 30 people per year.

Indirect beneficiaries will be 500 HIV-positive people from the surrounding healthcare areas who lack an UPEC, plus their families. Also the 600 people who will be tested for free during the 4 campaigns.
The project hopes to raise the awareness of at least 6,000 people from Obout and its neighbouring communities.