March 29, 2016
ABIDJAN — This week the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Family Health International (FHI360) launched a partnership to link HIV services for key populations affected by HIV in Côte d’Ivoire through a projected called LINKAGES in Côte d’Ivoire.
The five year, $8,000,000 USD (4,000,000,000 FCFA) project is funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR.) The ceremony featured remarks and presentations by the Director General of the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, USAID Côte d’Ivoire’s health office, and FHI360.
LINKAGES is USAID’s first global project dedicated to key populations, which may include sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender women and people who inject drugs.
“We are now at the point of controlling the epidemic through increased screening of those facing the highest risk and bringing ARV treatments to those identified as HIV positive in these key populations,” said Andrea Halverson, the Director of the Health Office of USAID Côte d’Ivoire.
FHI 360 will work in partnership with Pact, IntraHealth International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to deliver services across the health delivery cascade — from behavioral interventions to clinical services and structural interventions.
“I want to thank all the partners present, this project is yours. Your commitment will lead to shared success, “said Dr. Angoran-Benie Hortense, the Director of FHI360 Côte d’Ivoire.
“Local organizations are responsible for creating demand for HIV services among key populations,” said Professor Boa Yapo, Director General of the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene.