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A new step for the TB-speed project in Sierra Leone

15 February 2021

SIERRA LEONESTRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICESTUBERCULOSIS

Réunion à l'hopital gouvernemental de Bo

    After a slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, TB-SPEED project activities are resuming in Sierra Leone. Implemented in 2 Districts in Sierra Leone: Bo and Porto Loko, the TB-speed project aims to strengthen pediatric tuberculosis services in Sierra Leone by evaluating innovative and cost-effective TB diagnostic approaches for resource-limited settings . Indeed, a majority of children with TB are not diagnosed/not reported and do not benefit from appropriate treatment. This... Read more

COVID-19: Civil society engagement in Guinea

30 December 2020

GUINEACAPACITY BUILDINGSTRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICESADVOCACYCommunity mobilisation and health promotionHIV / AIDS

Our series of testimonies on continuity of care during the health crisis continues. Civil society organisations (CSOs) are key actors in the response to this crisis. Here we give the floor to Aminata Soumaoro, president of the Collectif inter-associatif pour le plaidoyer et la promotion des droits des patient-e-s, present throughout Guinea and supported by the RUCHE project.     How, as a collective, have you organised yourself to maintain your services during the... Read more

Sierra Leone: Ensuring access to care despite crises

23 December 2020

SIERRA LEONECAPACITY BUILDINGSTRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICESHIV / AIDS

Fighting against COVID-19 means dealing with its multiple consequences on access to care. Testimony of Kadijah Bangura, HIV In-Charge of the Children's reference hospital ODCH in Freetown.     Since the beginning of the pandemic, which populations have been particularly vulnerable in Sierra Leone? I have been particularly concerned about the situation of children affected by HIV/AIDS, especially orphans and all those unable to access treatment on their own. Due to the... Read more

Niger – Facing the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis

16 December 2020

NIGERSTRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICESHIV / AIDS

  While the health crisis has not led to a complete interruption of care, it has highlighted the fragility of Niger's health systems. Remarks made by Yacouba Nouhou, infectiologist and medical coordinator of the COVID-19 adaptation project of the Niamey RHC in Niger.   How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your work? From the first case of COVID, panic gripped some patients. Many, even some caregivers, were unaware of the disease. It was particularly difficult at the... Read more

Guinea – Ensuring continuity of care in times of COVID-19

10 December 2020

GUINEASTRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICESCOVID-19HIV / AIDS

  The pandemic has hit our teams in the field hard and considerably complicated the care of the most vulnerable, in particular people living with HIV/AIDS. The testimony of Ibrahima Diallo, a doctor and coordinator of outpatient treatment services at the Ignace Deen hospital in Conakry.   The COVID-19 pandemic has led to disruptions in health services in Africa. What was the service most affected by the pandemic in your country? In our centre, since March, 430 patients have... Read more

Portrait – Camille Estevenin and solidarity consultancy

30 November 2020

STRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICES

Camille Estevenin is currently Technical Assistance Manager at Solthis, in the Technical Department. This is an opportunity to look back over her career, but also to look at a practice, technical assistance, which is part of Solthis' DNA.   Could you briefly introduce yourself? I joined Solthis in 2019, as a trainee in the Operations Department after several experiences in specialised design offices in France and abroad. I was then in charge of supporting project development... Read more

The voice of adolescents, a promising future for sexual and reproductive health promotion

9 October 2020

NIGERADVOCACYCommunity mobilisation and health promotionSexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Leyla Adoum, 23 years old, lives in the Balafon district of Niamey. As part of the implementation of the first phase of the (JADES) project, she was identified in 2016 as a peer educator to lead the activities within her school for her peers, boys and girls. Since the age of 20, Leyla has been interested in the difficulties that young people, particularly girls, face in the area of adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Niamey. Today, thanks to the activities of the second phase of the... Read more

Niger – hope for young people’s sexual and reproductive health

8 October 2020

NIGERCAPACITY BUILDINGSTRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICESADVOCACYHIV / AIDS

In Niger, as in most Sahelian countries, young people, particularly girls and young women, face enormous difficulties in accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services. The Project JADES 2 has been working in Niger since 2016 to strengthen and promote sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people. After more than a year of implementation of the second phase of the project, which started in 2019, let's take a look to the changes that have taken place in the... Read more

COVID-19: Interview with Prof. Marie-Paule Kieny

2 September 2020

COVID-19

"Research on the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa must in particular prioritise research on the implementation of COVID-19 diagnostic and treatment solutions in order to understand how to deploy them effectively, but also to be able to evaluate their results. This is where NGOs such as Solthis must play a role." Prof. Marie-Paule Kieny is director of research at Inserm. Former WHO Assistant Director-General in charge of health systems and innovation, she is a member of the Board of Directors of... Read more

Niger – Management of Covid-19 suspected cases at the Regional Hospital Centre of Niamey

1 September 2020

NIGERSTRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICESCOVID-19

Since the first COVID-19 case in Niger, notified on 19 March 2020, 1,167 cases have been recorded as of 20 August 2020, particularly in the Niamey region. THe region remains the first and most affected region with 858 cases, i.e. 74% of the cases identified in the country. To support the Ministry of Health in managing the crisis, the two NGOs Solthis and Alima set up an additional component to the AIRE project (funded by Unitaid and co-funded by AFD in Niger) for infections prevention at the... Read more

Guinea – A fight against COVID-19 attentive to patients’ needs

1 September 2020

GUINEA

In Guinea, Solthis remains mobilised alongside community stakeholders and caregivers to limit the chain of community contamination and ensure continuity of care for those who are most at risk. "The response to COVID-19 at the level of our intervention programmes was carried out in a participatory manner: caregivers, psychosocial support workers (PSAs) and patient associations were all involved," insists Mamane Harouna, Technical Coordinator of the RUCHE project in Guinea. "As soon as the first... Read more

Empowering and protecting health care workers to take action against Covid-19 in Sierra Leone

1 September 2020

SIERRA LEONEHIV / AIDS

"When we heard about the pandemic, health professionals in Sierra Leone were concerned because we knew nothing about COVID-19," says Ruby Louisa Dandas, a health professional in Sierra Leone. Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in March 2020, Sierra Leone has nowadays more than 1,900 confirmed cases. In support of the Ministry of Health, Solthis has refocused its activities to build the capacity of health workers to better cope with the pandemic and continue essential care for other... Read more

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