Promoting access to reliable information and quality HIV care
26 September 2019 | Informations
Life4me+ : an application to address several needs in the MENA region
In the MENA region where the ACACIAS project is being implemented, these inequalities are particularly pronounced in terms of HIV, particularly among key populations who represent the majority of the population affected by the epidemic in the region. Many of them do not have access to treatment or interrupt medication because of geographical distance, lack of support and assistance (medical and psychosocial), but also because of socio-cultural barriers and discrimination. According to UNAIDS reports, while over the past ten years, many countries has been able to reduce the number of new HIV infections, they have increased by 35% in the MENA region over the same period. In this context, providing access to clear, relevant and reliable information on HIV prevention and care is essential for both people exposed to and living with HIV. Today, thanks to the growing use of Internet and mobile phones, especially among young people, digital technologies are proving to be an opportunity to be seized to reduce these inequalities.
“The ACACIAS project was created to address a gap in the HIV response in the MENA Region. There is a lack of information and quality monitoring of people living with HIV. In general, many people in our region do not have reliable information about their treatments or about HIV. “Dani Hanna, M-Coalition Plus, Lebanon, ACACIAS project partner.
In this vein, the ACACIAS project in partnership with the Life4me+ application extends the application in Arabic, French and in English to strengthen HIV prevention and care. The content of the application was developed on the basis of a diagnosis of needs and expectations of the potential beneficiaries of the application in the region. For the AFRAMED 2019 conference, the project launched a Beta version of the application. The final version of the application was launched last Thursday in Marrakech on December 12th, 2019.
A range of diversified services to take in charge their health daily
Available in 3 languages: French, English and Arabic, this application will enable key populations and people living with HIV to follow their daily treatments, configure medication reminders, manage their own medical records, and learn about the disease, its prevention and care. The application will also allow users to locate existing services around them and alert about discrimination and dysfunctions in health centres. The project also aims to play a role in strengthening the civil society and support advocacy for the defence of HIV Infected or affected people's rights.
“The application will allow us to reach people living with HIV that we are unable to reach today. It will also propose a mapping of friendly centres for LGBT people, drug users, sex workers” Dani Hanna, M-Coalition Plus, Lebanon, partner of the ACACIAS project