The event at HACI headquarters was attended by many guests representing major stakeholders in the HIV response and the twenty-four recipient associations.
The ceremony began with short speeches acknowledging HACI’s achievements in providing institutional support to associations of people living with HIV. This has improved the quality of services provided and helped create high performing organisations.
In her speech the Executive Director of ANCS, Maguette Mbodj, argued for more consideration of the needs of people living with HIV, which are not limited to nutritional and medical care.
“To exist, they need to work and support other people living with HIV,” she said. “We must attach particular importance to the needs they are facing.”
The equipment given to twenty-four associations in eleven regions included bicycles, scooters, computers, other office equipment, furniture, cameras, televisions, video recorders and mattresses.
The distribution of this equipment took into account the needs expressed by the associations, the resources available and the nature of initiatives undertaken by other supporting organisations, so as to avoid duplication.
HACI is the Principal Recipient of Global Fund money to implement services for communities of people living with HIV, orphans and other vulnerable children in Senegal.