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 ANS-CI tested over 160,000 people, and provided them with counselling, and enrolled over 25,000 people in HIV care and support services. They also provided support for prevention of parent-to-child transmission to over 21,000 women.