Matthew Smith, Deputy Chief of Missions at US Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon has commended the CBCHS for outstanding services in the provision of healthcare, especially in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Mr. Mathew Smith made this observation on Friday, September 11, 2015 during a working visit to CBCHS in Bamenda to familiarize himself with first-hand information about the CBCHS’ activities in the domain of HIV within the HIV Free project that is receiving funding from the American people via the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The Deputy Chief of Missions at US Embassy was simply amazed at the facts and figures presented to him by the Director of Health Services (DHS), Prof. Tih Pius Muffih. Mr. Matthew Smith said he was overwhelmed by the compassionate and selfless services of the CBCHS in providing quality healthcare to Cameroonians in the four regions where the HIV Free project operates namely: Northwest, Southwest, Littoral and Centre. He also expressed satisfaction at the judicious use of funds from the US government to fight HIV and AIDS in these four regions. Overwhelmed by the results that over 78 percent of HIV pregnant women are now receiving care in the HIV Free project, the US diplomat pledged continuous funding support from the American people for a just course as that of the CBCHS. Mr. Matthew Smith said although it is customary for Americans to separate the Church and the State, the diplomat took exception to categorically state that what the CBCHS is doing is truly ‘God’s work’, for which he encouraged them to continue. According to him, any judicious use of a dollar for the right purpose, God blesses the American people tenfold.
Earlier in his presentation, the DHS and Principal Investigator of the HIV Free project, Prof. Tih Pius outlined the road covered so far. He said the Financial Year (FY) 3 goal continued to focus on increasing HIV Free survival and reducing HIV-related maternal and child mortality by increasing PMTCT uptake in the Southwest and Northwest regions of Cameroon to over 90 percent of pregnant women and HIV exposed infants by 2016. According to the Principal Investigator, the project made progress towards achieving set targets and together with CDC, used data feedback to improve programme activities and results.
Despite the successes recorded in the implementation of the PEPFAR project, Prof. Tih noted that the deplorable state of the roads and the tendency to hide the virus among some communities remains a major challenge.