Supported by HE Prime Minister Philemon Yang, AIDSfreeAFRICA pushed in the background until the Cameroon government succeeds in reprogramming US $80 million from The Global Fund for additional AIDS drugs. The largest crowd ever, of over 500 women gathers to hear Dr. Hodel speak on HIV and AIDS. Also for the first time, several women do not hold back making statements that reveal their status as HIV positive. AIDSfreeAFRICA signs MOU (memo of understanding) with Leaders of Tomorrow International (LOTI) planning on bringing computer training to young women in our village of Esu.
AIDSfreeAFRICA successfully ships the first full 40 foot container filled with medical supplies and equipment. Donates Science text books and laboratory glassware to the University of Bamenda. “Cick it to Cameroon” campaign starts where American kids collect useful soccer gear, cleats, jerseys, etc. to support Cameroon girls playing European football.
AIDSfreeAFRICA ships five huge crates with drug production equipment and laboratory equipment to Cameroon, donating it to Cinpharm and the University of Buea, which also receives large donation of Chemistry text books. In return Cinpharm donates large amount of medicine to AIDSfreeAFRICA to bring to rural village of Esu. AIDSfreeAFRICA establishes fruitful collaboration with Vitamin Angels, importing worm medicine, vitamin A and multi vitamin for children and pregnant women.
The year drug production starts in Cameroon. The Cameroonian government awards Rolande permanent citizenship status and the Fon (Ruler) of Esu gives 3.3 acres of land as guaranty for AIDSfreeAFRICA’s projects in his village. The clinic in Esu takes off with AIDSfreeAFRICA volunteer Dr. Ildiko coming to treat 30-40 patients a day.
US Embassy business development department introduces Rolande to government officials and business men in Cameroon. Rolande meets the Prime Minister, Minister of Health, entrepreneur and philantropist Blaz Essomba, visits two companies, start-up Cinpharm and IV fluid producer SIPP. Establishes second revolving drug fund, this one in the remote village of Esu in collaboration with the locals.
AIDSfreeAFRICA establishes the first revolving drug fund in Limbe via collaboration with the German CLinic, registers AIDSfreeAFRICA as a NGO in Cameroon. Rolande receives US Astellas Humanitarian Award.
AIDSfreeAFRICA brings representative of Hoffmann La Roche to Cameroon to discuss technology transfer of one of their antiretroviral drugs. Work starts with another start-up called Meditech and an established company called Genemark that produces syrups.
Tibotec contracts AIDSfreeAFRICA to register, market, distribute an antifungal drug treating oral thrush a painful fungus infection seen in HIV positive patients.
Rolande works with the Cameroonian Baptist Convention IV fluid and ointment production unit trains a start-up called Diamond Pharmaceuticals and met with another start-up called Kakwa Biopharm, whose goal it was to produce malaria drugs.
Rolande travels to Kenya. In Cameroon, she is received by the owner of the Mezam Polyclinic in Bamenda, North West Region.
Rolande studies successful organizations such as “The Hunger Project”; seeks coaching from Landmark Education leaders such as Constance Howlett and asks Dr. Elliott Bay to co-found the non-profit she designed and named AIDSfreeAFRICA.
Rolande volunteers to represent Servas International, a world wide peace organization, at the United Nations. There she listened to Brazil President Lula da Silva and is inspired to go to Africa to help African’s in their efforts to build a pharmaceutical production industry.