The background

In Mali there are more than 120,000 people living with HIV, of which an estimated 31,500 are on HIV treatment. With only 24% coverage of people receiving antiretroviral therapy, UNAIDS has identified it as one of three countries in the region that is in dire need of services. The country currently operates under a ‘Test and Treat’ protocol, with all health facilities now initiating people on ART as soon as the results of their HIV test are known.

The problem

Key populations and people living with HIV in Cote d’Ivoire face significant barriers to accessing prevention, treatment, and care services. Such barriers include stigma and discrimination, lack of knowledge about HIV and treatment services, and economic barriers related to transportation. Stock-out of both ARVs and laboratory supplies for viral load tests are also reported occasionally.

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