Sensitization

Sensitization on the prevention of HIV/AIDS within prison walls

At least 95% of persons in prison are released into the community at some point. The impact of incarceration and disease is not limited to the men and women being locked up, but extends to their families, partners and communities.

Persons with a history of mental illness, trauma or physical and sexual abuse, who do not have access to mental health services, may self-medicate with substance use. This combination puts them at increased risk for behaviors that may both lead to HIV and land them in jail or prison. Rates of
mental health diagnoses for persons in jail and prison are 45- 65%, while rates of substance abuse are as high as 75%.10

Treatment of skin infections

Sensitization Campaign in Buea Central Prison

Emphases were laid on the prevention of HIV/AIDS inmates were drilled to decease from the sharing of items like blades and syringes that may be used as a medium to transmit the virus. Flyers were distributed to the inmates on this aspect. Appropriate body hygiene practices were also exposed.

here the numbers stayed fairly the same from 793 in the maiden project to 678 in the follow up barely 3 months later. This was due to increased awareness and concerns of inmates to about their health.