The Ending AIDS in West Africa project (#EAWA) helps to meet the 95-95-95 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 people living with HIV and key populations in Burkina Faso and Togo.
Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the project works to address gaps along the HIV service delivery cascade. This work is done in collaboration with local partners – including ministries of health, faith-based organizations, public and nongovernmental-organization health facilities, and associations led by the target groups – and aims to:
- Enhance the delivery of HIV prevention, care and treatment services
- Optimize clinical management and individualized patient follow-up of all people living with HIV
- Provide comprehensive, wrap-around services
- Strengthen laboratory services, including HIV viral load testing and monitoring of viral load suppression, at the point of service or through a laboratory referral network
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.