The Department of Defense/Malian Armed Forces HIV/AIDS Services (DOD/MAFHAS) project works to reduce the transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among military personnel, their dependents and communities served by military health facilities.
The project focuses on interventions outlined in the National Strategic Framework to Fight HIV/AIDS in Mali 2017–2021 (cadre Stratégique National de Lutte contre le SIDA au Mali) and by the U.S. Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program:
- Prevention: Increase demand for and uptake of a tailored package of HIV prevention services reaching 90 percent of Malian military personnel, their families and proximate communities
- HIV testing services and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT): Scale up HIV testing to ensure that 90 percent of HIV-positive Malian military personnel, families and communities know their status and that 100 percent of those identified as HIV-positive are linked to antiretroviral treatment (ART) and PMTCT services
- Care and treatment: Institute and aggressively scale up ART services to increase coverage to 90 percent of diagnosed HIV-positive military personnel, families and communities and to ensure progress toward 90 percent viral suppression
- Clinical monitoring: Establish, strengthen, roll out and sustain secure clinical monitoring systems within DOD/MAFHAS, to ensure timely use of data for continuous improvement, monitoring of clinical outcomes and progress toward epidemic control
Funded by the U.S. Department of the Navy HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, the project strives to aid the Malian armed forces in bringing their HIV response to scale to interrupt HIV transmission and mitigate its impact among service members, their families and surrounding communities.