As part of the US government’s support to the Ivorian government, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is funding Save the Children through a “Cooperative Agreement” to implement a new project called “Resources towards the Elimination of Child Vulnerability”, which will run from 1 March 2015 to 29 February 2020.
On May 19, Save the Children launched this five-year USAID funded program in Cote d’Ivoire. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of communities and families to ensure the well-being of the most vulnerable, including orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and Adolescent girls in 6 regions of the country: Abidjan II Agneby Tiassa-Me, Belier, Gbeke, Indenie-Djuablin and N’Zi Iffou.
According to UNAIDS, the Cote d’Ivoire has one of the highest rates of HIV in West Africa with a prevalence rate of 3.6% in 2013. This program will reach families and children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS with an aim to reach 70, 000 OVC and 20,000 caregivers affected or infected by HIV, and an estimated total of 110,000 PLHIV.
In attendance at the opening ceremony is the U.S, ambassador, Terrence McCulley and M. Alexandre Deprez, USAID Regional Director for West Africa. Representatives from the Ivoirian government were also present including Ms. Ange-Désirée Ouloto the Minister of Solidarity, Family, Women and Children; the Ministry of State, Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs and Vocational Training; the Ministry of Health and the Fight against AIDS and various PEPFAR and non-PEPFAR partners contributing in improving the quality of life of population impacted by HIV/AIDS.
USAID/REVE-funded project will be implemented by International Rescue Committee (IRC), Jhpiego, FUTURES Group and Save the Children, which is the main recipient. The budget of the REVE program is $21.9 million USD.
Ms. Gisele Semde, Chief of Party USAID/REVE stated “This program is more than DREAM. It offers a future to the children of Côte d’Ivoire. They are the future. To meet this challenge, IRC, Jhpiego, FUTURES Group and Save the Children are ONE team, working alongside our national partners whose commitment is paramount to HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
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