The Ending AIDS in West Africa project helps to meet the 90-90-90 targets to end the AIDS epidemic, outlined by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), through a focus on tailored HIV testing, treatment and care services for key populations in the region, particularly sex workers and men who have sex with men.
FHI 360 and core project partners, Johns Hopkins University and Enda Santé, design programming that is informed by existing, high-impact practices based on past successes and identified gaps and by new evidence and best practices from the global key population community of practice. Ending AIDS in West Africa is a five-year technical assistance project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The project is establishing eight key population centers of excellence in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Togo to provide appropriate programming, amplify efforts, serve as training hubs and sustain services beyond the life of the project. Leveraging existing multisectoral partnerships, the centers deliver services through a differentiated model of care approach that tailors activities to people and groups. It connects people to share their experiences, access information and classes, and rapidly exchange best practices and innovations.
Central to the project’s implementation is the empowerment and engagement of members of the key population communities. The project teams work closely with these communities to ensure that all activities reflect their perspectives and needs and coordinate with existing networks.
The project is exploring opportunities to advance mHealth technologies, which previously have not been incorporated into many health services in West Africa. Technologies include text messages and peer-to-peer applications for health communications, care and treatment adherence.