ICAN & Peace Corps Launch Free HIV Screenings and Consultations
Updated: Dec 13, 2020
The International Consulting Aid Network (ICAN) through its president, Dr. Hugues Fidele Batsielilit, and the Peace Corps Cameroon launched on 06 April 2016 last, a series of consultations and free screenings of HIV/AIDS in 8 secondary schools of the commune of Boyo Division in the north-west of Cameroon.
The campaign of free consultation and screening referred to as “Being a young responsible for his future and his health in the school environment,” saw more than 5000 high school students and was funded by the Organization ICAN.
The project of free consultations and screening of HIV/AIDS had for goal to focus on the main vulnerable group consisting of young people aged 12 to 25 years carrier or not of the virus.
According to the project initiator Dr. Hugues Fidele Batsielilit, “the innovation in this program compared to that of the previous years focused on diversifying the sites of screens, and the immediate support offered at the level of youths in the school environment.”
He then added that “before the screening and support were limited only in the sole health center of Fundong, this time, we sum to go toward young people and those who have been tested positive for HIV had access to immediate treatments by our medical services.”
“Likewise, we should provide those presenting negative HIV test results with information on how to continue to protect themselves and avoid potential spread in the communities,” he concluded.
For Ms. Oka Kha Emmerencia, headmaster of the Technical School of Fundong and representing the administrative body, “This program introduced by Dr. Hugues Fidele Batsielilit has been an excellent opportunity for our youths, in the measure where it had for aim the well-being of our young population, involved in several occasions in unprotected sexual relationships.”
For Dr. Ngum Joël, the Director of the General Hospital of Fundong, “The efforts unfolded by Dr. Hugues Fidele Batsielilit will only be efficient and rational if the members of the community to which they are intended, in particular, young people, use them, therefore, an accent should be put on an adapted communication.”
Then concluded by saying that “our young population must be more realistic about the devastating impact of this disease and use all available information provided by Dr. Hugues Fidele Batsielilit for the sake of the community safe.
Note that the campaign of consultations and free screenings have seen the participation and popularity of more than 5000 high school students and have all appreciated the merits of this initiative.
Erik Deng Boyo Community New, Fundong NW