The collaboration started in June 2010. Here Dr. Hodel
accompanied Dr. Christopher Ekom from the US Embassy
Business Development Department meets with thirteen
Cameroon government officials at the Ministry of Public Health.
AIDSfreeAFRICA receives NGO (non-profit) status in Cameroon and meets high level government officials.
Jan. 2011 Minister of Public Health signs "Letter of Collaboration".
In this letter he succinctly summarizes AIDSfreeAFRICA's work in six bullets. Here are the six bullets and the successful projects AIDSfreeAFRICA is working to advance:
1. Support Cameroonians to locally produce drugs;2011 Check : Providing crucial quality control equipment.
2. Improve drug access;2011 Check : Expanded revolving drug programs in Limbe and Esu.
3. Train locals and pharmaceutical personnel;
2011 Check : Trained 6 volunteers to conduct AIDS testing in Esu.
4. Identify and provide skilled human resources from abroad to villages
and local pharmaceutical companies on voluntary basis;2011 Check : Send medical doctor currently volunteering in Esu.
5. Encourage the twinning of US pharmaceutical companies and those of Cameroon;
2011 Check : Students 2 Science donates $1/4 million worth of equipment.
6. Encourage the twinning of US Universities and those of Cameroon for scientific research.2011 Check : Getting the American Chemical Society involved, donating teaching equipment.