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CAMEROON: U S TRIPLES AID PACKAGE FOR HIV/AIDS.

CAMEROON: U S TRIPLES AID PACKAGE FOR HIV/AIDS.
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Reports say that the United States has given an aids package to Cameroon through its Embassy to support the free HIV/AIDS cure initiative.  The Embassy congratulates the Cameroon government on its decision to eliminate users fee at all HIV cervices at public health facilities and accredited community sites. Eliminating user fee will help Cameroon reach epidemic control of HIV , it also reflect the cooperation the Cameroon and U S government and other HIV stakeholders. As a result of this historic commitment by the government of Cameroon, the United States is tripling its assistance to Cameroon’s HIV program to over $97millionfor the year 2020(approximately 5.7billion Frs CFA).

Cameroon has nearly 530 000 people living with HIV. As July 2019, only 58% of them , a over 304 000 people were on antiretroviral treatment. With the elimination of the HIV user fee, the financial barrier to the treatment has been removed and significantly more people should be able to get tasted and get, follow treatment and stay viral suppressed  

The U S Government through PEPFAR, is proud to partner with the government and people of Cameroon, in accelerating progress. In a the Cameroon Radio Television channel (CRTV) special program for World AIDS Day early December 2019, Ambassador  Barlerin noted that the battle is not yet won but it is winnable. In 2020 PEPFAR’s support for Cameroon include provisions for antiretrovirals treatment, test for HIV and providing care and support for orphans, vulnerable children and their caregiver. The U S Government continues its commitment to supporting Cameroon to end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.        


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