Since 2003: an NGO dedicated to improving global health
Founded in 2003 by doctor-researchers from the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital to fight HIV/AIDS, Solthis has gradually extended its action to other health issues. For 19 years, we have been working hand in hand with local actors in West and Central Africa on prevention and access to quality care by sustainably strengthening health systems and services.
“We were academic activists. While the treatments were available, people were dying, silently; as clinicians, we were outraged. We wanted these drugs to be administered. And in AIDS, 15 days can make a difference.” Pr Christine Katlama, founder, Professor of Infectious Diseases and head of the HIV Clinical Research Unit, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital
“Existing organizations at the time were mainly involved in medical volunteering; Solthis stood out by making training its spearhead. It was a question of going beyond assistance to accompany the organizations so that they could be sustainable and provide training, and thus make access to HIV treatment viable.” Brigitte AUTRAN, Founder, Immunologist – Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Professor at Paris VI
- 2003 –Creation of Solthis by doctors from the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris.
- 2003 –Mali: 1st project to support decentralized HIV care in the Segou region.
- 2004 – Niger:1st first project to support the national AIDS control program.
- 2005 – Madagascar: 1st HIV epidemiological study.
- 2006 – Niger: 1st social science research project with LASDEL.
- 2007 – Integration of the Coordination Sud health commission.
- 2008 – Guinea: 1st HIV/TB care project in Conakry and the Boké region.
- 2010 – Niger: 1st operational research project on TB diagnosis among PLWHA.
- 2011 – Sierra Leone: 1st HIV/TB care project in Freetown.
- 2011 – Mali: New intervention focus in Segou for community health education.
- 2013 – Guinée & Niger: support project for access to care and strengthening the health information system, CASSIS.
- 2013 – 10 years of Solthis: HIV Forum in Paris and obtaining the IDEAS Label
- 2015 – Solthis expands its scope of action and becomes Solidarité Thérapeutique et Initiatives pour la santé.
- 2015 – Guinée & Sierra Leone : Guinea & Sierra Leone: Continuity of care in an Ebola context and prevention and control of infections in hospitals.
- 2016 – Mali & Niger : 1st project for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health of young people, JADES.
- 2016 – Sierra Leone : 1st project for community mobilization, Empower.
- 2016 –Guinea : 1st research project funded by ANRS, ANRS 12344- DIAVINA.
- 2016 –Dr. Roland TUBIANA becomes President of Solthis.
- 2017 – Sierra Leone : 1st project for the fight against childhood tuberculosis, TB-Speed.
- 2018 – Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire & Mali : 1st HIV self-testing project: ATLAS
- 2019 – Closure of the OPP-ERA project for HIV viral load measurement, after 6 years of implementation in Burundi, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon
- 2020 – Dr. Serge Breysse becomes Solthis’ CEO.
- 2020 – Solthis launches projects to fight against Covid-19, protect healthcare workers and ensure continuity of care.
- 2021 – Senegal : 1st One Health project in partnership with AVSF to contribute to better human, animal and environmental health.
- 2021 – Niger : Launch of the AIRE project to improve the identification of respiratory distress in children under five.
- 2022 – Côte d’ivoire : Launch of the POUVOIR and AGIR projects for sexual and reproductive health rights in Côte d’Ivoire.
In 2015, Solthis expanded its focus on maternal and child health, youth health, tuberculosis, hepatitis, and neglected tropical diseases, and evolved its acronym from Solthis “Therapeutic Solidarity and Initiatives against AIDS” to “Therapeutic Solidarity and Initiatives for Health”.
In 2018, Solthis celebrated its 15th anniversary: 15 years of action in the field, 15 years of human and scientific adventure, 15 years of partnerships in West and Central Africa. Discover the website dedicated to 15 years of Solthis.
In 2023, Solthis will celebrate its 20th anniversary! We look forward to seeing you soon for a review of our actions and a major campaign for sexual and reproductive health rights, especially for women and girls in West Africa.