Empowerment of Users for improved quality of HIV Care
3 March 2017 | Informations
On February the 28th, Solthis Sierra Leone held its annual workshop with stakeholders to review activities and results of the Empower project that aims at strengthening capacity of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and civil society to exercise their rights to Health.
The workshop brought together sixty participants, including strategic partners and beneficiaries of the project : health care workers from the 13 health centres supported by Solthis, members of the 11 NETHIPS affiliated support groups supported by the project, representatives of NETHIPS (Network of HIV Positive in Sierra Leone), NACP (National Aids Control Program) and NAS (National Aids Secretariat). International organizations, such as UNICEF, King's Partnership and AHF and local civil associations, also attended the workshop.
Participants expressed their satisfaction towards the project implementation and its first results. Mr. Idrissa SONGO, Executive Director of NETHIPS, highlighted the importance of the right-based approach promoted by the project, which strengthens both PLHIV and Health Care Workers' rights. Dr. KENNEH, NACP Program Manager, emphasized on the fact that Empowerment of Users and NETHIPS was a guarantee of sustainability of the project's achievements in the exercise of their right to health, and a solution for health system strengthening.
Participants had also opportunity to discuss in groups the work already undertaken by the project and to formulate proposals that will be analysed and taken into account by Solthis.
Co-funded by the AFD and the City of Paris, the project ” Empower” began in Sierra Leone in January 2016 for 3 years and aims at improving the quality of cares for PLHIV in Sierra Leone. The project includes capacity building components for both PLHIV and health professionals as well as an institutional support component.