Political-military turmoil in Cote d’Ivoire over the last decade has caused huge disruption to healthcare, meaning that the estimated 450,000 people living with HIV have extremely limited access to the care and treatment that they need. Furthermore, many displaced people are now living in camps where the risk of HIV infection is increased.
We’ve been working with the Alliance Nationale Contre le SIDA (ANS-CI) in Cote d’Ivoire since 2005, supporting community groups to respond to HIV where health (and other) infrastructure is extremely limited. By strengthening and developing community networks, ANS-CI is helping to link people living with HIV to treatment and care, prevent new HIV infections and reduce AIDS-related deaths.
Last year alone we reached nearly 320,000 people with HIV prevention activities, tested over 100,000 people for HIV and ensured that nearly 12,000 vulnerable children were cared for and supported within their own community.