The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC started in Cameroon in 1998 with an HIV/AIDS research-based field site and transitioned to HIV program support in 2008 based on a memorandum of agreement between the United States and the Republic of Cameroon on cooperation to prevent and control HIV/AIDS, Avian Influenza and other infectious diseases. With over 23 staff, CDC’s vision is to improve the health of Cameroonians with a main focus on HIV prevention, care and treatment through technical and financial assistance through collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the National AIDS Control Committee, WHO, UNICEF and local and international implementing partners.
The HIV/AIDS Program aligns with the Cameroon government Strategic plan and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which focus on:
- Preventing Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS by supporting over 550 clinics to provide PMTCT services--almost a quarter of such facilities in Cameroon. In FY2013, over 83,000 pregnant women were tested with CDC’s support.
- Ensuring Blood Safety to improve the supply of voluntary non-remunerated blood donation from the current 10% to over 50%. CDC has worked to develop national policies/guidelines, supported the creation of hospital transfusion committees in all ten regions, and establishing a national coordination platform for blood banks.
- Health Systems Strengthening through quality improvement programs at over 200 laboratory facilities in Cameroon and the development of an external quality assurance program. CDC also supports early infant HIV diagnosis testing for half of the country through its laboratory center (testing over 18,000 infants as of November 2013) and is preparing to assist the government to renovate its national public health lab and improve health-related data collection/analysis.
Other CDC Programs in Cameroon:
Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP): CDC leads a regional training program for Cameroon, CAR, and the DRC to prepare health professionals to efficiently face the challenges of prevention, detection, surveillance, control, and response management regarding potentially epidemic diseases.
Outbreak Investigations (e.g Cholera and Avian Influenza): the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) along with FELTP provides support to Cameroon to respond to infectious disease outbreaks and provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Health to respond to a variety of outbreaks.
Cameroon Country Director for U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Omotayo Bolu, answers questions about the Ebola disease from what it is to how it is transmitted and mostly prevented. The interview is conducted by the Cameroon Radio and Television. Watch it at: http://youtu.be/otDIuc_HBQI?list=UUveklODvXo1liQVFCbn-msg
CDC Cameroon second quarter newsletter highlights the work they’ve been doing over the past few months. Download it here. (PDF - 2MB)
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