New HIV project targets most-at-risk in West Africa
In Burkina Faso and Togo, FHI 360 is working alongside national and regional organizations to address critical gaps in HIV programming, particularly among most-at-risk populations, which include female sex workers and their clients, as well as men who have sex with men. The activities are part of a new West Africa regional project: the Regional HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Project, which is known in the region as PACTE-VIH.
The five-year project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, aims to identify and develop a model for the provision of HIV services that can be easily adapted and replicated across the region. Beginning in Burkina Faso and Togo, FHI 360 is working with national governments and local nongovernmental organizations to implement and evaluate several HIV prevention and care models. Each model will be customized to meet the needs of local communities and key populations; the most effective models will be replicated in other West African nations. The program launched in Burkina Faso in March 2013 and in Togo in February 2013.
To achieve the project’s overall objectives, FHI 360 and its partners will:
- Increase access to high-quality prevention and care programs for most-at-risk populations
- Improve the enabling environment for evidence-based public health interventions targeting most-at-risk populations
- Improve the quality of the Global Fund’s HIV prevention interventions that focus on most-at-risk populations in selected countries
- Increase access to quality and timely information focused on most-at-risk population interventions
As the primary implementing agency for the project, FHI 360 is partnering with four other agencies — Forces en Action pour le mieux-être de la mère et de l’enfant, Espoir Vie Togo, Africa Consultants International and AIDS Empowerment and Treatment International — to implement activities under PACTE-VIH in Burkina Faso and Togo.
About FHI 360: FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender equality, youth, research, technology, communication and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories.