In our current work, we are
scaling up the community empowerment strategy that we have developed for
the fight against HIV/AIDS to 10
more villages in the Northwest Province of Cameroon. This project is
funded by by Care Cameroon- Global
Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The goal of
our community empowerment strategy is to get communities to take
responsibility for the fight against HIV/AIDS at the local level. This
contrasts with participation which implies initiation and conduction of
fight by somebody else. The COPAAP empowerment process starts with the
In addition, we are working on developing income-generating activities
in several villages to ensure the sustainability of these projects.
The income generating projects are described in more detail here.
awareness among the community leaders about the gravity of the problem
HIV/AIDS as it concerns their communities. Success in this domain
ensures that the community leaders take control of the decision to
fight the pandemic.
- Helping the
communities to know how to organize and to conduct the fight. This
is done in seminar workshops to enable them draw up comprehensive,
predominantly self-reliant anti-HIV/AIDS projects.
in capacity building, including training community health volunteers
(CHVs) and laboratory technicians and building
Village AIDS Control Centres and organizing services for
community and home based care of people living with HIV/AIDS.
groups and the community as a
whole to start income
generating projects, orphan and vulnerable children support programs,
and community solidarity funds to fight HIV/AIDS.
Please see the list at the left for details of some of our current