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Cameroon – Fight against HIV/AIDS: The screening rate in prisons is 25.5%

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Written by Deckson N.

The authorities hope to reach the 70% bar at the end of the year 2017. For this purpose 160 peer inmate educators have been trained. Their role will be to educate other inmates.

The Ministry of Public Health (MINSANTE), the Ministry of Justice (MINJUSTICE) and the authorities of the Kondengui Central Prison in Yaounde agree to recognize that the rate of inmates screened is low. A fact that is also observed in other prisons of Cameroon.

Current data show that only 22.5% of the population of inmates are diagnosed. It was exceedingly low in 2014. We want to reach the 70% of screened detainees, in order to put them under treatment. Among vulnerable populations, it was identified specific targets i.e prisoners, workers in business and refugees. These are areas where there is overcrowding, mixing of people from diverse backgrounds. The prevalence is very high, “said Anastasia Mvogo of the National Committee for the Fight against AIDS (CNLS) during the official launching ceremony of the training of 160 peer educators held from Kondengui prison.

She indicated that

“there should be a particular focus in these environments for the fight against HIV/AIDS. This is why we thought it was the peer educators who are able to raise the maximum awareness to this section of the population for a strong adherence to screening and care. “

An inside source who requested anonymity informs that within the jail sparked 7% of prisoners who agreed to the testing of HIV/AIDS are HIV positive.

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