Fighting HIV / AIDS: PWDs to be Empowered

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Cameroon will soon have better access to information on ways of preventing and managing HIV and AIDS.

This is thanks to the launch of regional training workshops for leaders of support organizations for PWDs and other types of social vulnerability on peer education within the context of HIV/AIDS response.

The Minister of Social Affairs, Pauline Irene Nguene, opened the workshop, which will be replicated in the other regions of Cameroon.

Speaking on the occasion this November 23, 2023, the Social Affairs Boss highlighted that apart from being stigmatized in society, persons with disabilities are more exposed to HIV / AIDS infections.

This national workshop organised to train peer educators is, therefore, one of the solutions to reaching out to these persons.

An International Organisation, CARE International Cameroon is charged with financing and providing logistics for the initiative.

On behalf of the organization, Gilbert Adrianandrasana explained that after the training of trainers in the Centre Region, the teams will be deployed to the nine other regions to educate persons with disabilities.

He added that there is a team charged with following up and evaluating progress made.

If all goes well, persons with disabilities will be able to access HIV / AIDS information in ways and languages, appropriate to them.

Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi

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