ESTHER Project

ESTHER Project

Since its creation 10 years ago, GIP ESTHER has been supporting Ministry of Public Health (MOH) thanks to the partnership agreement signed between Cameroon and France on 15 December 2002. Since then, ESTHER has been contributing to the strengthening of the Cameroonian health system alongside other TFPs. ESTHER’s contribution is made through a capacity building program for HIV/AIDS care through the training of health personnel (notably through the C2D Health project conducted with the DLM); support for the technical platform and actors involved in continuity of care activities; facilitation and securing of the availability of pediatric and 2nd line ARV treatments as well as their proper dispensing at the site level (thanks to the ESTHERAID project). In addition, at the request of the MSP, ESTHER is using its own funds to implement the ESOPE system, which provides reliable impact indicators thanks to the implementation of electronic medical records, the use of which contributes to the development and promotion of effective patient follow-up, quality of care and strengthening of national programs. Finally, health structures and associations fighting against HIV/AIDS are conducting a Psychosocial Support project around 3 associative care platforms in the Central, Littoral and Western regions.

Building on the achievements of the past 10 years, ESTHER is now in a decisive phase of its cooperation with MOH and must consider new perspectives because the international environment of the fight against HIV/AIDS, like that of the major pandemics, calls for a more transversal vision of the actions to be taken. This is why ESTHER and MOH must work harder to consolidate the gains made, to reinforce the access of PLWHA to quality medical and biological monitoring (access to viral load measurement services), to monitor the dispensation of ARVs (quantification/planning), to launch the National ESOPE and the Pediatric ESOPE, and finally, to recognize and integrate the function of the CPS into the national system for people infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS through training leading to a diploma.