SIRDEP and the Military against HIV & AIDS

The general fear of the public towards the Rapid Intervention Batallion, better known by its French acronym as BIR, of the Cameroon army has been dispelled by SIRDEP. In an effort to continue efforts against the spread of the HIV & AIDS pandemic, SIRDEP organized a sensitization campaign at the BIR head quarters in Bamenda located at the Bamenda airport. Participants at the workshop included 70 BIR elements, the commander in chief as well as the medical doctor of the battalion. The sensitization was focused on the causes, symptoms, transmission mode, treatment, spread and prevention of the pandemic. Both participants and facilitators agreed that the most effective means of prevention is abstinence, fidelity to the same partner(s) and the systematic and correct use of condoms. The elements were advised to do a test to know their status as this will facilitate proper and early care, especially as treatment is free in Cameroon.
The elements expressed gratitude to SIRDEP for initiating such a venture and called for further sensitizations to other groups of the military in Bamenda. Demonstrations were made on the use of the male condom. At the end of the sensitization, male condoms and brochures on the topics discussed were distributed to all that were present.

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About SIRDEP
The Society for Initiatives in Rural Development and Environmental Protection (SIRDEP) is non-governmental, not-for-profit making organization in Cameroon head quartered in Bamenda. SIRDEP has a multi-disciplinary team of experienced agronomists, agro-economists, livestock technicians, rural engineers, and natural resource management experts who work together to foster positive, sustainable development. SIRDEP was founded in 1992 and is one of the oldest indigenous NGOs in the North West Region of Cameroon.

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