World AIDS Day: A positive balance-sheet for front runners

Cameroon joins the international community on 1st December 2018 to commemorate the 30th edition of World AIDS Day.

In the build-up to the commemoration, government and its partners have organised a series of activities to raise awareness on the latest on AIDS prevention and treatment.

According to official statistics, the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Cameroon is currently at 3.4 percent. The figure indicates a drop compared to 4.3 percent in 2011 and 3.9 percent in 2016.

 Activities ahead of World AIDS Day

The 2018 World AIDS Day, 30th anniversary coming up on 1st December, will be commemorated under the theme “Know your status.”

The Minister of Public Health Andre Mama Fouda, in a press briefing earlier this month equates a healthy population to economic growth of the country.

He encouraged every Cameroonian to have themselves screened for HIV during this month long AIDS prevention campaign.

The Ministry of Public Health has dispatched HIV/AIDS screening mobile caravans to highly populated areas nationwide.

The Mother and Child Care Centre of the Chantal Biya Foundation in Yaounde is amongst the many centres carrying out free HIV screening.

 About World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day was instituted in 1988 during a meeting of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention.

Since then, United Nations agencies, governments and civil society organisations have been working in synergy to educate the populations on specific AIDS related themes yearly.

 

Bruno Ndonwie Funwie

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