In 2011, the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board (CBCHB), following a successful project proposal, began receiving funds from the U.S President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta to implement and support Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) services of HIV in two of Cameroon’s ten regions-Southwest (SW) and Northwest (NW) for a five-year period. Not only this is the first PEPFAR grant ever made in Cameroon, the CBCHB also happens to be the first Faith based healthcare organization to receive a PEPFAR funding award.
To effectively implement this major grant, CBCHB is working in a consortium with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) who are both global technical leaders in PMTCT and in PMTCT commodity supply chain management respectively.
The HIV-Free Project seeks to “Expand the coverage and improve the quality of facility and community-based PMTCT services of HIV” and has seven objectives.
The strategy adopted by CBCHB and partners align well with PEPFAR’s focus on prevention of mother to child HIV transmission (PMTCT) and linkages to care and treatment as well as with the national PMTCT program.
The project is helping Cameroon’s MOH through the CBCHB to build capacities of service providers to initiate and strengthen the delivery of PMTCT, Care and Treatment, Pediatric care and other essential services. Evidence based as well as innovative approaches and strategies are being implemented to improve access, uptake and adherence to critical services and improve treatment outcomes. The grant is revolutionizing our Drug Transport and Sample transport Systems and the Southwest EID Laboratory thus enhancing treatment for both adult and children.