Solthis launches the AFD “CAP” Program : “Capacities to strengthen the fight against HIV / AIDS in West Africa”
The convergence of French funding for innovation in the fight against HIV / AIDS
2 July 2019 | Informations
For the first time, Solthis has been selected to benefit from a three-year (2019-2022) AFD program agreement aimed at financing a range of field and cross-sectoral actions including capitalization, advocacy , communication and monitoring and evaluation for the fight against HIV / AIDS in Africa.
This Program covers interventions specifically in Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone, but also aims to strengthen the capacities of all Solthis teams. It is based on the conjunction of 3 financings: the AFD financing, which is added to the funding of Unitaid for the project ATLAS (Promoting HIV self-testing in West Africa) and the grant from Paris Municipality for phase 2 of the Empower project on Sierra Leone (Empowering users for Quality and patient-oriented HIV Care).
Solthis is delighted by this opportunity to associate 3 complementary donors to create synergies and a leverage effect in the implementation of innovative projects designed to trigger sustainable change at scale, like ATLAS, while continuing its work of capitalization and strengthening of its internal capacities on four essential themes to respond in a suitable and sustainable way to the health needs of the most vulnerable populations:
- Health promotion and users empowerment
- Health services offer
- Strengthening partnership relations and civil society organizations
- The transition strategy and the scaling up of the interventions we carried out
200,000 people should be offered HIV/AIDS self-testing in Senegal and Mali as part of the ATLAS project. 8000 patients in Sierra Leone will benefit from a higher quality of care at the end of the project, which will also train and mentor the healthcare professionals of the 20 supported health centers in Sierra Leone as part of the Empower project. Members and staff of local associations supported in Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone as well as representatives of regional and national health authorities in these countries will also benefit from a capacity building and technical support.
It is estimated that more than 230,000 people living with HIV will benefit from the improvements made possible by this Program.
- The ATLAS project led by a consortium Solthis (lead partner), IRD and local partners with support and funding from Unitaid, and additional funding from AFD,
- The EMPOWER project phase II funded by AFD and Paris Municipality