Published on 21/12/2018

HIV care: Local expertise serving key populations in West Africa

In West and Central Africa (WCA), there is a gradual availability of data on the size and nature of the HIV epidemic among key populations. Indeed, services for key populations are being put in place, thanks to programmes supported by the Global Fund and international partners and the commitment of civil society actors.

However, the legal and social environment remains repressive and progress in access to testing and care is still far too low to achieve the ambitious 90.90.90 targets by 2020.

In this context, the analysis of the concept notes submitted by the Francophone African countries to the Global Fund shows that the concept notes are of particular interest to the countries concerned:

  • the lack of accurate epidemiological and programmatic data on different key population groups,
  • the low number of prevention and access to care programmes that actually meet their needs,
  • the lack of funding available for capacity building of key populations,
  • the strong stigma and discrimination that often limit key populations' access to available services.

ENDA Santé has obtained funding from the 5% Initiative (Expertise France) for the implementation of a regional project in Senegal, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Côte d'Ivoire. This project is entitled: Local expertise at the service of key populations in West Africa: locating and capitalising on experience for better HIV care among key populations.

It proposes to develop the capacities of actors involved in intervention programmes for key populations, and to enhance the quality of these interventions. The project addresses community, local and national actors so that they can take ownership and participate in the scaling up of activities adapted to the realities and needs of the different key populations in each of these countries. In this sense, an orientation workshop with the partner organisations in the implementation took place in Dakar from 18 to 19 December 2018.

The objective of the workshop was to present the project to the stakeholders involved in the implementation. The meeting recalled the process of submission and validation of the project, exchanged with the stakeholders on the orientations and activities of the project and defined the next steps for the start of the project at country level.