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2015 AIDS-Free Holidays : The end
The Governor has called on Peer Educators to be good ambassadors of Aids-free holidays in their respective sphere of influence.

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The closing ceremony of this 13th edition that held in the Congress Hall of Bamenda, was a successful one, considering the massive attendance of the members of CERAC leaded by Mrs Linda YANG, Youths, Elites, MPs, Traditional, Municipal and Administrative Authorities that came to witness the event.

After the South-West Region, the North-West is the 6thRegion to host AIDS- Free holidays under the theme “AIDS: chicks say stop” which is  a yearly campaign placed under the patronage of Madam Chantal BIYA, First Lady of Cameroon and Founding President of African Synergy against AIDS and suffering.

The Executive Secretary of African Synergy against AIDS and suffering, Mr. Jean Stéphane MBIATCHA has acknowledged the commitment of the North-West Region in the fight against the AIDS pandemic which he insisted should continue beyond the Aids-free holidays. He gave his special thanks to the Governor and his wife for the warm welcome given to him and his entourage.

Family photograph with the Peers Educators

The Governor, representing the First Lady Mrs Chantal BIYA, said that HIV/ AIDS was no longer a health,  but a development issue which attacks more young people, notably in the North-West Region which has had one of the highest prevalence rate ; 7.2% for women and 5 % for men.

Consequently, he has paid glowing tribute to the UNAIDS Special Ambassador Madam Chantal BIYA for her material and financial support in the fight against HIV and AIDS since 12 years and also for the school packages to the 158 Peer Educators of the North-West Region after their voluntary services. He has therefore seized the occasion to thank the First Lady for awarding him the certificate of recognition for his commitment. It is worth mentioning that the same certificate was equally awarded to Dr. PIUS TIH Director of CBC Health Services.

By Eudoxie KOMLAYO, North-West Region

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