Members of the Rambo community dance together, Burkina Faso © Gideon Mendel/Alliance Primary school for children whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS, drugs or poverty, Senegal © Nell Freeman/Alliance

North and West Africa

Africa is the continent most affected by HIV. We work in nine countries in North and West Africa, including through our Middle East and North Africa Regional Programme, which additionally stretches out to work in Lebanon.

Communities throughout North and West Africa have taken action to reduce new HIV infections and care for those affected. In recognition of the need to mobilise, support and increase these responses, many have formed community-based and non-governmental organisations. Appropriate technical support is needed to build and improve the skills of such groups to deliver effective programmes.

Where we work

Burkina Faso
Côte d'Ivoire
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Middle East and North Africa regional programme

What we do

The core of our work is community engagement and mobilisation to increase access to HIV prevention, care, treatment and support services. We actively involve people living with HIV in our programmes and promote their meaningful involvement in HIV policy development and implementation.

All of our programmes work to tackle HIV-related stigma and discrimination in order to improve access to services. This includes training selected members of national AIDS councils, government bodies, networks of people living with HIV and other organisations to understand, identify and develop anti-stigma interventions.

The Alliance supports several national antiretroviral and tuberculosis treatment programmes. We train and support people openly living with HIV to promote the uptake of treatment and help people adhere to their medication. We also work with health care providers to improve the quality of services.

We have many activities addressing sexual transmission, mother-to-child transmission and prevention with HIV positive people. We promote the integration of HIV prevention and services related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Much of our work in North Africa involves key populations, such as sex workers, injecting drug users and men who have sex with men, who are at greatest risk of HIV infection and are often marginalised.

Read this case study about our work with MSM in Senegal.

    Our work in West and North Africa involves working with marginalised populations who are at greater risk of HIV infection