© Afreepress (Lomé, the 9th December 2015)-Since September, Compassion International and its partner churches in the district of Vogan started a great sensitization on HIV/AIDS. The objective of this campaign is to raise the population awareness on AIDS and helped them have their screening for free. On the World Aids’ Day, the results of the campaign were delivered to the authorities of the district. About 50 chiefs, political and administrative leaders of the district participated in that meeting. According to the district director of health, about 17.000 people tested themselves to see whether they are HIV Positive or not.
At Hahotoe, two Child Development Centers gathered to organize a parade which did a full tour of the town to inform the population about the importance of HIV screening. For this occasion, health workers from the district hospital were sent to the Child Development Centers to help people do their testing for free. Before the beginning of the testing, the health workers held an informative meeting during which they explained to people the different ways of HIV contamination: sexual encounter, sanguine exposure and transmission from mother to child. Then they gave advices about how to prevent HIV and how to help those who are already HIV-positive. After that, the detection tests started.
Many people were actually scared at the idea of knowing their serologic status. Thank God, psychologists were there to help all those people. The project director of the Baptist Church of Hahotoe, Kodjo ALOGNON explained briefly but yet clearly, the reason why the detection tests were organized. He said that Hahotoe is a mining city and accordingly to UN, mining cities are places where there is always higher percentage of HIV-positives. Mr. ALONGNON also added that Hahotoe is an area where poverty is endemic. So “mining town + poverty” equals higher risks of getting HIV through prostitution.
In the afternoon, at Vogan, in the meeting room of the town hall, a conference entitled:“Objective: Zero. Zero new HIV infection. Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS related death”. The meeting started by some few words from the regional overseer of the Church of the Assemblies of God in Vogan, Pastor Koffi DEGBE who thanked partners that gathered to organize the event.
Then, Dr. Viwatin Jeanine AMEDEGNATO who is the child survival program specialist at compassion International Togo did a brief summary in which she presented the actions of compassion International and also the evolution of HIV in Togo especially in Vogan district. After that, the prefect of Vogan, Mr. Kokou LEGUEDE explained the importance of Compassion’s work and thanked the district hospital for its collaboration. He also renewed his wish to see all the people of Vogan working together to eradicate HIV from Togo. The last presentation was done by Dr. AGBETIAFAN Koffi. He is the district director of Health in Vogan. He said that in 2014, there was a decrease of HIV infection of about 35%. He also added that last year, 15 million of HIV positives were under treatment. Since 2000, more than 30million new infections and 8 million deaths were avoided. The WHO objective is that in the next 15 years, HIV should be eradicated.
In 2014, in Togo, some 37000 people are under antiretroviral. The wish of the Togolese government is that till year 2020, we should be able to have a generation without HIV and by year 2030, we should have Zero HIV positive in Togo.
The population of Vogan and surroundings really appreciated this action of Compassion International because it helped them know their serologic status and how to behave whether they are HIV positive or not. This activity was done thanks to Compassion’s donors around the world.
© Afreepress (Lomé, the 21st March 2016)-Compassion International is an NGO which fights against poverty in children’s life. Last medical checkups in child development centers in Yoto region showed that more than 20% of children suffer from dental diseases. Thus, a campaign was organized to address the issue. From March 18toApril 12, 2016, all beneficiaries in the region and their parents will be sensitized on dental care. A free consultation is organized and the launching ceremony of this campaign took placed on the 18thMarch at the Methodist church of Tabligbo. The theme of the campaign goes: ‘’It all begins here. A healthy mouth, a healthy body.’’
In his speech, Pastor AdamaHerve of the Methodist Church of Tabligbo, hosting the ceremony, talked about the importance of hygiene especially, dental hygiene. He also encouraged the population of the region try their utmost to be consulted because good breath brings people together.MaxwellWOGOMEBU,Compassion’s Program Manager, representing Compassion’s country director, emphasized on the fact that it is always good to observe dental hygiene practices. He mentioned the reason why compassion decided to set in place the dental care event. According to Mr. Wogomebu, dental care impacts people physically, emotionally and keep on influencing their growth and how they enjoy theirs lives. He talked about the target of the campaign which is childrenwho are in child development centers, their parents and whosoever wants to be consulted. He drew the attention of the participants on the fact that in rural areas, it is very difficult to find dentists and even when there is one, people rarely go to him because they don’t have the means to afford treatments.
This four-week campaign is held the 14 child development centers in Yoto region. About 3500 children and 4000 parents and tutors are expected to be consulted during that period. Free dental screening will be made and all the participants will receive hygiene kits such as toothpaste and brushes.The total cost of this campaign turns around 25 million FCFA, about $50,000 USD.
Currently in Togo, Compassion International enrolls about 37,000 children in its holistic programs. It partners with 150 church partners all over Togo.
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©Afreepress-(Lomé, le 18 août 2016)-Une épidémie de peste porcine sévit à Sokodé dans la région Centrale (420 Km au Nord de Lomé), a appris l’Agence de presse Afreepress auprès du ministère de la Santé. Selon Komlan Batawui, Directeur de la Santé région Centrale, cette épidémie frappe particulièrement deux quartiers de la ville de Sokodé.
Il s’agit de Koma II et Bamabodolo. La peste porcine, explique Komlan Batawui, est une maladie qui n’a pas de remèdes. « La seule mesure prise pour arrêter le virus responsable de cette maladie est l’abattage des animaux et un vide sanitaire », a-t-il expliqué. L’abattage selon lui, a déjà débuté et les animaux vivant dans un rayon de 3 Km autour des arrondissements concernés seront abattus afin d’éviter la propagation de la maladie. « Il est prévu d’indemniser les éleveurs », rassure M. Batawui.