In Cote d’Ivoire, EGPAF Offers Computers and Support

By Jacqueline Dreesen | March 4, 2013

Dr. Joseph Essombo of EGPAF and SIP president Prof. Marguerite Timite-Konan sign a protocol renewing their continued commitment to eliminating pediatric HIV.

Jacqueline Dreesen/EGPAF

EGPAF has been a pioneer in its work to not only provide care and treatment and prevention of mother-to-child transmission services, but also help countries build up their capacity to support and provide improved medical services for people living with HIV. In Cote d’Ivoire, EGPAF has worked with the Ivorian Pediatric Society (SIP) to train health care workers and pediatricians to provide better treatment and support for patients, particularly children living with HIV.

On January 29, EGPAF was invited to the opening ceremony of SIP’s annual session, where Foundation representatives signed a renewal protocol symbolizing the continued commitment of EGPAF to ensure that SIP is engaged with the Foundation in the fight against HIV.

EGPAF gave 30 net book computers, which are smaller and more portable than laptop computers, to SIP during the opening ceremony. Professor Marguerite Timité-Konan, president of SIP, received the donation of computers on behalf of her institution and expressed her gratitude. She lauded EGPAF for its ongoing engagement in the organization’s efforts to strengthen the health system. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) provided financial support for the event.

During the ceremony, Dr. Joseph Essombo,  EGPAF/Cote d’Ivoire country director, reiterated the Foundation’s commitment to supporting e-Learning initiatives through web-based HIV/AIDS training for health care providers in a continuing education setting. EGPAF’s goal is to improve the quality of services offered to the community; in particular, to the mothers and children of Côte d’Ivoire. In addition to providing technical assistance to the SIP, EGPAF has also created a directory of all pediatricians working in Cote d’Ivoire and supported the development of training materials for pediatricians.

Jacqueline Dreesen is Technical Advisor for Transition, Capacity Building and Communication for the Foundation, based in Cote d’Ivoire.