Published on 29/11/2019

CARES project: Luxembourg experts in Casamance and Bissau to fight HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer and Hepatitis B

ENDA Santé, in collaboration with the Luxembourg cooperation, implements a programme called Casamance Research Program on HIV-Resistance and Sexual Health "CARES".

This programme aims to improve the health status of the populations living in Ziguinchor and Bissau, through the support of health structures in the clinical and community management of diseases related to HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and papillomavirus (HPV).  

From 14 to 25 October 2019, experts from Luxembourg conducted a field visit to Bissau and Casamance, with the support of frontline actors for hepatitis B and precancerous cervical lesion screening. The mission allowed for the installation of viral load equipment (HIV 1&2, HBV) at the National Laboratory in Bissau and precancerous lesion surgery at the maternity ward of the Simao Mendes National Hospital in Bissau. 

During the working visit, several dozen laboratory technicians and midwives received hands-on training on cervical precancer screening and management, viral load, use of the FibroScan and cytology.

At the end of the mission, the Luxembourg experts met with the project actors to improve the monitoring of the programme and validate the scientific and operational approach of the project.

This working group will have made it possible, in particular, to assess the situation for each research component, to share implementation elements and action plans, but above all to define the project's next steps.