AIDS Free Holiday Campaign Clocks 20: 98% of Cameroonians Screened

Youths have been morally and didactically equipped to carry out the traditional AIDS free holiday campaign around the national territory.

For one month, these peer educators will enlightened youths on how to avoid HIV/Aids and other sexually transmitted disease and dangers around drugs consumption.

The 20th edition organised under the theme “Drugs kill and make us vulnerable to HIV AIDS ” was co chaired by the Minister of Public Health, Manaouda Malachie and the Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutsou.

During the event it was revealed that some 600 peer educators will be targeting youths on social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp groups with strategic messages.

Their focus will be on voluntary HIV Screening campaign in Cameroon in other to enable young people check the presence of specific antibodies in their blood and to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The social action has been the main preoccupation of the first Lady of Cameroon, Mrs Chantal BIYA for 20 years now.

An expert at the African Synergy, Jean Serge Ndongo affirmed that, more than 98%of the population in Cameroon have already carried out an HIV AIDS test; a gesture that needs to be saluted.

The Aids free holiday Campaign is an initiative of the first lady Chantal BIYA launched in 2003, and remains a strategic and effective tool in the fight against STIs.

While launching this year’s edition of Aids free holidays Campaign, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutsou, called on the peer educators to know that their actions will help save lives and also enlightened youths on how to prevent sexual transmitted disease.

The one month long exercise will mark the 20th anniversary of the First Lady’s fight against HIV/AIDS and other social ills.

Sidonie Djobmandi

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