Key Program Accomplishments
Provided heath services, including PMTCT, to nearly 1,300,000 individuals throughout the country
Through supported PMTCT services, averted nearly 30,000 HIV infections
Trained thousands of health workers on the management of HIV in children throughout the country
Started over 70,000 women on antiretroviral treatment to prevent HIV transmission to their babies
In 2000, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Cameroon (EGPAF-Cameroon) 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). In 2015, through U.S. Centers for Control and Prevention (CDC) funding, under our Delivering Technical Assistance (DELTA) Project, EGPAF opened its first in-country office in Cameroon. Today, EGPAF supports 190 health facilities in the country to provide high-quality, comprehensive HIV and AIDS services to women, children and families.
EGPAF-Cameroon participates in several technical working groups at the national-level including those related to PMTCT and pediatric HIV care and treatment. We continually advocate for policies that promote the wellbeing of those living with HIV. Through Project DELTA, EGPAF has advocated for national adaptation of globally-recommended HIV prevention and treatment guidelines and developed training curricula, tools, standard operating procedures and implemented innovative training approaches to implement these guidelines throughout the country.
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, and to implement operations research and monitoring and evaluation studies to develop high-quality and effective HIV and AIDS programs. EGPAF has also supported CBCHS in a two-year evaluation of guidelines recommending lifelong treatment among all HIV-positive pregnant women (the World Health Organization’s Option B+) 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 Health’s PMTCT strategy.