Yaounde, Cameroon, Africa. (Cameroon News) –The Minister of Public Health has called on newly appointed officials of the Chantal Biya International Research Center on HIV AIDS to take up the major challenge of fostering research on the treatment of HIV AIDS. André Mama Fouda was speaking today in Yaoundé while commissioning the officials into their functions.
Mr. Jean Stéphane Biatcha the President of the Organizing Committee of the Chantal Biya International Center for Research on HIV AIDS, Director of the institution and the Deputy Director are all expected to work closely together and ensure that the Chantal Biya International Center lives up to expectations.
A three-man team has just taken over the management of the Chantal Biya International Reference Center for Research on HIV and AIDS. The President of the organizing committee of the CIRCB Mr. Jean Stéphane Biatcha, the Director and this deputy [indiscernible 15:48] were installed today in Yaoundé by the Minister of Public Health Andre Mama Fouda. The Minister called on the officials to ensure that the institution lives up to its ambition of finding a treatment for HIV and AIDS.
Efforts and results attained so far from the research on the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS at the Chantal Biya International Research Center on HIV and AIDS.
The creation of the Chantal Biya International Reference Center for Research on HIV and AIDS on February 23, 2006 came with a promise that of developing a vaccine for the treatment of HIV and AIDS which today looks promising. The researchers of the center are now working on a vaccine developed in New York some 15 years ago. Their objective, ensuring its efficacy and safety as explained here by the newly-installed Deputy Director of the Chantal Biya International Reference Center for Research on HIV and AIDS.
They tested the vaccine at the first level. It was not dangerous to the people. It gives some promising result. And then phase two is to extend the number of people you have to administer the vaccine and get more tangible result.
Still funding remains a big challenge which means making a breakthrough may not necessarily be anytime soon although the researchers are now working in that direction. In the meantime the center better known by its French acronym as CIRCB has remained dedicated to improving the quality of care and services offered to persons living with as well as to those affected by HIV and AIDS.
One of the things we do is biological monitoring. We have to do the people CD4 to guide clinicians on how to administer their medication, another one is the conduct of viral load and then the third one is resistance to anti-retroviral. So occasionally patients develop resistance to the treatment they are taking and we have in our center the ability to conduct research and find out alternative medications for the patients.
With a new director and deputy director plus a president of the organizing committee there are hopes like Minister Andre Mama Fouda said that the CIRCB will grow at the national and international levels.
Public Health Minister André Mama Fouda would be on a working visit to Douala in the Littoral region tomorrow during which he will assess progress at the ongoing free campaign for the treatment of eye infections. The campaign is being carried out by the blindness control program in partnership with the Tunisian medical NGO Nadi Al Basar at the Laquintine Hospital in Douala.