Published on 25/06/2021

FEVE project in Côte d'Ivoire: Support for HIV care for thousands of people

Côte d'Ivoire is one of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa most affected by HIV. To curb the epidemic and fight against new infections, several efforts are being made by the Ivorian government and civil society organisations.

Despite these efforts, several challenges remain to be met, particularly in terms of reaching the first 90. In order to reduce the gap in HIV care, the FEVE programme in Côte d'Ivoire supports hard-to-reach populations, mainly in Bouaké and Yamoussoukro.

The secondary beneficiaries of the programme are mobile populations and cross-border populations. In collaboration with strategic and operational partners (NGOs and local health structures) the following results have been achieved since 2016

  • 35 health and community workers were strengthened on HIV and STIs, including 20 peer educators and 15 nurses and doctors;
  • 4,642 people were educated about HIV, AIDS, STIs and SRH
  • 3,485 beneficiaries were able to find out their HIV status through the advanced and fixed strategies.
  • 1,006 consultations for STIs in advanced and fixed strategy
  • Two major activities on the prevention of COVID 19 enabled the distribution of 350 handmade masks, three hand-washing devices and bottles of hydro-alcoholic gels to 350 people in vulnerable situations (shopkeepers, shop assistants, drivers) in Bouaké;

These results have greatly contributed to the achievement of the objectives of the National Strategic Plan on STIs, HIV and AIDS 2016-2020 in terms of raising awareness on STIs, HIV, AIDS, TB and hepatitis.

The successful results were a trigger for conducting IBBS surveys, financed by the Global Fund, among DUs in San Pedro and in the intervention zones of Yamoussoukro and Bouaké in 2018-2019.