The purpose of the Community Health Program is to empower health care workers, individuals and communities. Your work as a Community Health Educator will support the following Program goals:
1. Community members will adopt behaviors and practices that contribute to improved maternal, neonatal, and child health outcomes
2. Community members and outreach agents will adopt behaviors and practices that counter malaria, leading to a decrease in morbidity and mortality
3. Community members will adopt healthy behaviors and practices to decrease the spread of HIV/AIDS and mitigate its harmful effects.
Community Health Educators will accomplish these goals through four key areas of intervention:
1. Education of individuals and groups on mother and child health and improved nutritional practices
2. Mobilization of communities to support mother and child health and nutrition
3. Formation and strengthening care groups that address mother and child health, nutrition, malaria, and/or HIV/AIDS prevention
4. Designing and implementing behavior change focused HIV prevention interventions for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). These interventions must have gender equitable practices properly mainstreamed such that AGYW risks and vulnerabilities to HIV are properly mainstreamed.
Peace Corps Cameroon approaches HIV prevention as a cross sector initiative, with the goal of keeping AGYW HIV free reached by all of Peace Corps Cameroon’s Volunteers. Volunteers work to achieve this goal by:
1. Engaging communities and family members to support risk avoidance and risk reduction interventions for AGYW and their male counterparts.
2. Educating AGYW and adolescent boys on all aspects of HIV prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) using age/sex appropriate curriculum provided by Peace Corps/Cameroon.
3. Empowering AGYW to adopt life skills that would enable them to choose healthy lifestyles
Volunteers’ HIV prevention and intervention consists of the following activities:
1. Condom promotion with a focus on skills building to ensure correct and consistent use
2. Curriculum based age/sex appropriate HIV and SRH education
3. Promotion of positive gender norms messaging
4. Gender Based violence prevention
5. Targeted mobilization of AGYW and adolescent boys to access HIV testing and counselling Services.
Peace Corps Cameroon also encourages cross-sector work with the Education and Agriculture programs. As such, Community Health Volunteers are expected to create health clubs in schools and teach health related topics to students including reproductive health, life skills, and HIV/STIs prevention. They also work closely with the agriculture volunteers and carry out activities aiming to combat malnutrition in their communities through the promotion of the cultivation/production and consumption of soybean, Moringa, mushrooms, and orange sweet potatoes. In addition, health Volunteers and their counterparts are encouraged to build their capacities on rabbit raising and other agricultural activities that can be beneficial for the improvement of health in their communities.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check