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International collaboration to enhance the fight against HIV/AIDS: Report of a consultative meeting between the University of Buea in Cameroon and the Goldfarb School of Nursing in the USA

Dickson S. Nsagha, Neal Rosenburg, Holly Diesel, Clement M. Sab, Donna Taliaferro
  • Neal Rosenburg
    Goldfarb School of Nursing, St Louis, Missouri, USA, United States
  • Holly Diesel
    Goldfarb School of Nursing, St Louis, Missouri, USA, United States
  • Clement M. Sab
    Department of Nursing, University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon, Cameroon
  • Donna Taliaferro
    Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes Jewish College, United States

Abstract

HIV/AIDS is a major public health pandemic affecting the development, survival and life of young people both in Cameroon and the USA. Youths are more adaptive to change and less hindered by prejudice than adults. Student-to-student peer mentoring is a non-formal way for students to learn new life skills and different cross-cultural values. We report on a two-day consultative meeting on developing international collaboration for the fight against HIV/AIDS between Cameroonian and USA nursing students. We used adult learning approaches consisting of presentations, discussions, questions and answer sessions, role plays and demonstrations. Deliberations and resolutions from the consultative meeting enabled the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buea to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Goldfarb School of Nursing in the USA on HIV/AIDS international collaboration paving the way forward for more developmental health projects in this domain.

Keywords

Public health; nursing; HIV/AIDS, student peer mentoring

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