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CBC arm journalists to scale up antenatal Clinic attendance in NW

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A cross section of participants

Some seminar faccilitators

Prof. Tih Pius Director of CBCHS

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A cross section of participants

A cross section of participants

Over 80 journalists from various media organs in the Northwest (NW) have been called upon to use their media outlets to encourage pregnant women and their partners to attend regular antenatal clinic (ANC) at a seminar at the Baptist Health Centre (CBC) on Friday March 1, 2013.

Prof. Tih Pius Muffih, director of CBC health services called on the media men and women to sensitize and mobilize women to turn up for ANC whenever they are pregnant.

“Attending ANC early helps to detect and diagnose infections that could affect the woman and the unborn child, helps to treat diseases early enough and provides the woman with ample information about her health, the child and the family as a whole” he continued.

Some seminar faccilitators

Some seminar faccilitators

The journalist during the seminar reviewed and designed messages to be used in the campaign expected to last five years.

Launched under the canopy of the “HIV-FREE SOUTHWEST AND NORTHWEST PROGRAM”, the program targets pregnant women and their children in 39 health districts of the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.

According to Ms Kuni Esther the project coordinator, the projects intends to scale up the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV to 100% of the targeted sites, increase the percentage of pregnant women tested for HIV, increase the uptake of antiretroviral drugs in HIV positive women, increase the prophylaxis uptake in HIV exposed infants, the number tested for polymerase chain reaction and rapid test at 18 months and to improve on pediatric care for HIV infected children amongst others.

To achieve these, the project has trained 836 service providers, works with 340 peer educators linked to the various project sites, is  working with 22 media houses as well as churches and community based organizations to mobilize and sensitize the population.

These has also yielded some fruits on the ground  with infant prophylaxis uptake increasing to 35.7% in 2012 from 23.8% in 2011 in the NWR and 28.3% from 19.3 in the SWR and maternal prophylaxis uptake to 44.7% from 40.4% in the NWR and 47.2% from 31.2% in the SWR within the same period.

The total ANC coverage for both regions have also increase to 45.4% from 37.4%, infants testing within 18 months of birth to 26.2% from 21.2% within the same period during the first year of implementation of the project.

The project however still have many hurdles like long distances for pregnant women to cover to reach the nearest health unit in some communities, absence of trained personnel in many health districts, the existence of many unauthorized clinics in some towns, difficult terrain and difficulties of date collection are still to be overcome.

Prof. Tih Pius Director of CBCHS

Prof. Tih Pius Director of CBCHS

The project is funded by the US government under the President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the CBC Health Services. Other partners include the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Elizabeth Glaser pediatric AIDS foundation.

By Abongwa Fozo in Bamenda

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