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The Impact of the Global Fund on Civil Society Response in Senegal


Aids Alliance

In July, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) signed three new grants worth € 42 million with Senegal to scale up the fight against AIDS in the country.

The grants are aimed at strengthening the country’s health system and the fight against AIDS, will be implemented by the National Aids Council; the Ministry of Health, Prevention and Public Hygiene; and Alliance Nationale Contre le SIDA (ANCS).

Over the next five years the project expects to reach:

  • 12,915 sex workers
  • 2,650 men who have sex with men
  • 636,264 young people
  • 603,655 pregnant women with a comprehensive package of prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) services
  • 688,342 people will have been tested for HIV
  • 8,937 people living with HIV will be supported with ARVs

In addition to strengthen Senegal’s health system, 234 health structures will be rehabilitated, and 100 nurses and midwives will be recruited.

In a comment for the new Alliance blog, Magatte Mbodj, Executive Director of ANCS (Alliance linking organisation in Senegal) describes the impact of the Global Fund on the civil society response in Senegal.

In her comment piece, Magatte Mbodj explains how the support of the Global Fund in Senegal over the last five years has shown substantial results despite the major challenges that are faced in Senegal.

She describes the achievements to date and how this has contributed significant results around targets related to Universal Access, illustrated by the fact that the HIV prevalence rate has been maintained at less than 1% in the general population.

Magatte then goes on to stress the ongoing challenges to the response to HIV in Senegal. Particularly around reducing stigma and discrimination, scaling up services for key vulnerable populations and building civil society capacity.

Her comment stresses the importance of having a capable, committed civil society with the necessary means for service delivery in order to build on the achievements of the last five years.

Read the full article.