Country Spotlight: Côte d’Ivoire

Country Overview

HIV is the second leading cause of death in Côte d’Ivoire. Currently, nearly 230,000 children (0-17 years old) have been left orphaned by the disease. In 2013, there were 7,200 new HIV infections among women and 4,900 among children.

Our Work in Côte d’Ivoire

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) began supporting HIV and AIDS care and treatment programs in 2004 and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services in 2005 in Côte d’Ivoire. EGPAF-Côte d’Ivoire is working to end the country’s epidemic by increasing access to comprehensive, high-quality, well-integrated HIV prevention, care, and treatment services among women, children and families. As of June 2015, EGPAF was supporting activities within seven regions and 24 districts with U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funding through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition to our work in the provision of HIV and AIDS services, EGPAF advocates with the Ministry of Health and the Fight Against AIDS to develop policies which support those living with HIV and AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire. We advocate to ensure national implementation of globally-recommended HIV prevention, care, and treatment guidelines; better coordination of the in-country response to HIV and AIDS; stronger prioritization of data quality management; high functioning health resource systems in place at health care facilities; and functional laboratory equipment is available to all health sites. EGPAF also conducts operations research to evaluate the effectiveness of its programs and ensure the scale-up of best practices in HIV service implementation.



Key Projects in Côte d’Ivoire

HIV Care, Support, and Treatment: Implementation of Program for the Care of HIV/AIDS (Djidja) Project

(2011 - 2017) Launched in 2011, the CDC-funded Project Djidja allows EGPAF-Côte d’Ivoire to support126 health facilities in the southeastern and central parts of the country. Through Djidja, EGPAF works to strengthen health systems, including training health care workers in the provision of high-quality HIV prevention, care, and treatment services. We provide direct service delivery support in the areas of PMTCT, provider-initiated HIV testing and counseling, and HIV care and treatment, as well as diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis. This support is offered in 16 districts within four regions (Abidjan 2, Bélier, Indenie-Djuablin, and Nzi-Iffou).

Under Djidja, EGPAF ensures local ownership of HIV service delivery improvements. We work with 11 community-based organizations (CBOs), enabling them to expand comprehensive HIV programs. We also work hand-in-hand with EGPAF’s own local affiliate organization, Fondation Ariel Glaser, to improve access to quality HIV and AIDS programs in other regions of the country. In 2015, point-of-care early infant HIV diagnosis (EID) was launched in Project Djidja regions through a global UNITAID-funded project, which will equip health facilities with improved EID screening techniques.

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Strengthening Community-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Services in the Underserved Northern and Western Regions of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (Keneya) Project

(2010 - 2017) Funded by CDC, Project Keneya aims to strengthen the technical and organizational capacity of CBOs to effectively manage HIV prevention. Keneya’s primary goal is to create a sustainable local response to HIV and AIDS—ensuring those of highest risk are protected and treated—through strengthened HIV prevention and care services. The project was designed as a response to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children, families, caregivers, and people living with HIV and AIDS in northern Côte d’Ivoire—an area severely affected by ten years of political crisis.

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Country Fact Sheet: Côte d’Ivoire

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Haba Na Haba: Spotlight on Pediatric Care and Treatment (2015)

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Haba Na Haba: Technical Assistance Provision at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (2014)

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Journal article: Temporal Trends in Mortality and Loss to Follow-up Among Children Enrolled in Côte d’Ivoire’s National Antiretroviral Therapy Program (2014)

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Journal article: Temporal trends in treatment outcomes for HIV-1 and HIV-2-infected adults enrolled in Côte d'Ivoire's national antiretroviral therapy program (2014)

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Journal article: Tuberculosis in human immunodeficiency virus-infected children starting antiretroviral therapy in Cote d’Ivoire (2014)

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