HIV/AIDS Assets and Strategic Focus
Maximizing Unique Government-to-Government Relationships with the Ministry of Health (MoH)
CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS and the Government of Cameroon began a partnership in 2008 to support building sustainable public health capacity and infrastructure. CDC’s role has evolved from solely providing technical leadership to now including direct clinical support and assistance to MoH to complement the community-level and civil society approach of the U.S. Agency for International Development in developing sustainable public health capacity through personnel, infrastructure, systems, and service provision.
Strengthening Public Health Systems
CDC, drawing from extensive experience in building public health systems in the U.S., provides technical leadership and direct assistance to the MoH and local nongovernmental organizations to strengthen epidemiology, surveillance, laboratory, operations research, HIV prevention, care and treatment programs, and workforce capacity development. CDC-Cameroon’s HIV program strategy aligns with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief focus, including prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT), lab strengthening, and linkages to treatment and care.
CDC supported the ongoing development of Cameroon’s National Public Health Lab and the implementation of a National Strategic Laboratory Plan. CDC launched the national quality assurance program, implementing the first national proficiency testing program and also rolled out Strengthening Laboratory Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA). CDC provided laboratory support and technical assistance to 542 Early Infant Diagnosis sites in 2013, resulting in testing of 6,606 HIV-exposed infants.
CDC funded the implementation of PMTCT programs in 555 clinics in the northwestern and southwestern regions of Cameroon. By the end of fiscal year 2013, 83,361 pregnant women were tested for HIV and received their results (13% increase from 2012), and 4,022 HIV-positive women received antiretroviral drugs to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission.
CDC has supported improvement in the national HIV/AIDS monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system and harmonization of M&E registers and data collection tools with close to 8,500 registers printed and distributed nationally. CDC is strengthening Cameroon’s Health Information System through technical and financial support for customization, piloting, and rolling out of District Health Information Software (DHIS) at national, regional, and district levels.