Côte d’Ivoire health officials will now have access to better maps and more comprehensive data on HIV because of a new tool announced Monday in Abidjan by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and Ministre de la Santé et de la l’Hygiène Publique Dr. Raymonde Goudou-Coffie.
UNAIDS created this new tool—known as the Situation Room—in partnership with the Ivoirian Ministère de la Santé et de l’Hygiène Publique and with funding provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The Situation Room is not an actual room or limited to a single place. Instead, the software platform brings together data from multiple sources and presents the information in easy-to-understand formats. It also works on multiple types of devices so that those working on Côte d’Ivoire’s HIV response anywhere in the country can use it to target and evaluate their activities. The Situation Room’s software will also update itself whenever an original data source is updated. In addition, results from the Côte d’Ivoire Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (CIPHIA), which aims to create a detailed picture of the current HIV epidemic in Côte d’Ivoire, will eventually be used by the Situation Room.
“Data is essential to do the right things, in the right places, and in the right ways,” said U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Katherine Brucker.
CDC County Director Dr. Laissa Ouedraogo spoke at Monday’s launch event. She explained how the Situation Room is an additional way of helping HIV programs maximize their impact, and she congratulated UNAIDS and the government of Côte d’Ivoire for creating it.
In 2014, UNAIDS established the 90-90-90 goals for the world: that by 2020, 90 percent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90 percent of all people who know they have HIV will receive sustained antiretroviral treatment (ART), and 90 percent of all people receiving antiretroviral treatment will achieve viral suppression. (“Viral suppression” is when the amount of HIV in someone’s body is low enough to reduce their risk of transmitting HIV to others.) These goals are essential to the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, and HIV/AIDS was the number one cause of death among Ivoirians in 2012, according to the World Health Organization.
“Côte d’Ivoire has the opportunity to reach the 90-90-90 goals, but achieving them will require data-driven decision-making, mutual accountability, and transparency,” Chargé Brucker added.
The U.S. remains a vital partner to Côte d’Ivoire on a wide range of health challenges, as a healthy workforce contributes to a strong and stable economy. This support includes preventing and treating HIV and tuberculosis, addressing the challenge of malaria and neglected tropical diseases, and improving Côte d’Ivoire’s laboratory and public health capacity. In 2018, PEPFAR celebrated 15 years of saving lives through American partnerships.
La contribution susmentionnée fait partie d’une assistance globale d’un montant de CFA 150 milliard ($300 million) fournie par le gouvernement des États-Unis d’Amérique au cours de l’année budgétaire 2017 Cette assistance répond à quatre priorités: la bonne gouvernance, la croissance économique et inclusive, l’amélioration du système de santé et la réforme du secteur de sécurité.