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Varsity Students Sensitised On AIDS-Free Campus 

By Walter Wilson Nana — Students of universities and in higher institutions in Cameroon have been told to do away with HIV/AIDS in their respective campuses.

This was the kernel of an AIDS-Free Campus Campaign organised by the University of Buea Chapter of Junior Chamber International, JCI – UB, during the 15th edition of Cameroon University Games in Buea.

According to Yvonne Gemandze, President of JCI – UB Chapter, her organisation was using the opportunity created by the varsity games to sensitise students across the country and other members of the public on the relevance of protected sex, free counselling and testing.

“We were motivated by a study carried out in UB, which revealed that 94.1 percent of students do not use condoms during sexual intercourse, while 44.4 percent of students sampled, had multiple sex partners. Another 70.4 percent of students sampled, had high risk sexual behaviour,” she added.

On how the aforementioned campaign was pursued, the Director of Project, JCI –UB, Claude Shei Nfor said they worked hand-in-glove with the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board to train a hundred peer educators and forty-six laboratory technicians on how to sensitise and carry out HIV/AIDS testing in their communities.

Nfor said JCI-UB and her partners took part in a sensitisation march pass during the opening ceremony of the Games and decorated members of the public with the HIV ribbon. “We also carried out public demonstration on how to properly use the male and female condoms, distributed more than 4,000 male and female condoms to the university community and carried out a three-day voluntary counselling and testing, in which 1022 persons were tested,” he said.

The JCI-UB Director of Project expressed happiness that they received rave reviews from the public, partners and sponsors, adding that they targeted 1,200 persons to be tested within three days and successfully tested 1,022 persons.

While the JCI-UB Chapter worked on the AIDS-Free Campus Campaign with supervision from the Ministry of Higher Education and the National AIDS Control Committee in Yaoundé, they also had on the ground some partners. These included; AIESEC Buea, the University of Buea Health Club and the University of Buea Association of Medical Laboratory Science Students.

First published in The Post print edition no. 01344

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