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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Cameroon
BENEFICIARY COUNTRY
Cameroon
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NAME
BAYA Social Enterprise
PHONE NUMBER
+4915217556101
TITLE OF THE WORK DONE OR BEING DONE
MTV STAYING ALIVE: NYANGA HEALTH
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Description
PEPFAR notes that in Cameroon, HIV prevalence among women rises from childhood to adolescence and to adulthood. According to UNAIDS, for HIV-free children to stay same as they enter adolescence and adulthood, an intensified focus on empowering adolescent girls is required alongside emphasis on reducing the vulnerabilities they face. The goal of Nyanga Health was to contribute concretely to the attainment of the Sustainable Development target of eradicating HIV by 2030 in Bamenda. Nyanga, a commonly used word in Pidgin English in Bamenda, means ‘style’ or ‘fashion’. Nyanga Health made use of hair dressers, role models, adolescent youth leaders and outstanding women leaders to educate girls about sexuality and HIV/AIDS prevention and combat the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS in Bamenda. This was done in a spirit of confidence and ‘nyanga’ or style. It developed a database of adolescent girls, identified adolescent girl leaders and made use of the findings of a baseline study to implement an evidence based approach, reaching out and building the capacities of the target groups to form a solid, enduring network of HIV/AIDS prevention advocates in Cameroon in the long term. IMPACTS OF NYANGA HEALTH a) Trained 30 peer educators on HIV prevention in first quarter of the project; used trained peer educators and social media to reach out to 10 000 youths and educate them on HIV prevention b) Distributed 14 400 condoms by the end of the first year of the project c) Conducted HIV/AIDS voluntary counselling and testing for 500 adolescent girls d) Brought together 150 adolescent girl leaders to discuss HIV prevention and women’s sexual and reproductive health advocacy, in 5 neighborhoods with 10 inspirational women leaders; e) Educated 300 parents of adolescent girls on the importance of HIV prevention education for their daughters.

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