Country Spotlight: Cameroon
Our Work in Cameroon
In 2000, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) supported the first five prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) health facilities in Cameroon in partnership with the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS). By December 2010, in close collaboration with EGPAF, CBCHS expanded PMTCT services to 458 sites (out of 2,025 sites, nationally), including 252 government facilities, in six regions. In 2015, through U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding, under our Delivering Technical Assistance (DELTA) Project, we opened the first EGPAF office in Cameroon.
EGPAF-Cameroon participates in several technical working groups at the national level including those related to PMTCT and pediatric HIV. We continually advocate for national policies that promote the wellbeing of those living with HIV. Through Project DELTA, EGPAF has contributed to national buy-in around scale-up of globally recommended PMTCT and pediatric HIV care and treatment guidelines.
Currently, EGPAF-Cameroon provides technical assistance and support to the government of Cameroon, CBCHS and other national partners to manage HIV prevention, care and treatment programs. We work closely with the Ministry of Health to improve accessibility of pediatric HIV services in-country and we collaborate with CBCHS, both to improve access and quality of PMTCT and Pediatric HIV care and treatment, as well as to implement operations research and monitoring and evaluation studies to develop high-quality and effective HIV and AIDS programs. EGPAF is supporting a two-year evaluation of Option B+ guidelines in 22 facilities. CBCHS and EGPAF are assessing uptake, adherence, and retention challenges of Option B+ in these health facilities to inform the Ministry of Public Health’s Option B+ roll out strategy. A qualitative study has been launched by EGPAF and CBCHS to examine experience and opinions of women enrolled at CBCHS Option B+ pilot facilities.
Key Projects in Cameroon
District Capacity Strengthening for PMTCT services in the West Region of Cameroon
(2015) EGPAF provides direct financial support and technical assistance to CBCHS to enhance PMTCT services in the West Region. Activities supported under this project include: implementation of psychosocial support groups for both children and adults; and women’s health programs, which provide cervical cancer screening and treatment, breast cancer screening, and management of reproductive tract infections. We also support a youth health education network to ensure prevention of HIV among children and adolescents.
HIV-Free Littoral and Centre Regions of Cameroon: Expand Coverage and Improve the Quality of Facility and Community-Based PMTCT Support for Rollout of Option B+ Services
(2015 - 2022) Through this project, EGPAF’s support to CBCHS focuses on reduction of HIV-related maternal and child mortality through the integration of PMTCT services within reproductive health services and expanding HIV care and treatment services in Littoral and Centre regions. EGPAF also oversees implementation of PMTCT activities, leads monitoring and evaluation, and provides technical assistance in maternal, newborn and child health, PMTCT, and HIV counseling and testing at supported health facilities.
Strengthening Community-Based Organizations in Cameroon to Address PMTCT
(2012 - 2017) Through ViiV funding, EGPAF applies lessons learned from our Kenya and Malawi ViiV-funded programs to support CBCHS in implementing a community-focused PMTCT project in the northwest, southwest, and central regions. CBCHS and EGPAF partner with local, community-based organizations, to optimize PMTCT service delivery through trainings and mentorship activities offered to health care workers.