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The ATLAS project was present at the 23rd World Conference on HIV/AIDS

HIV Self-Testing in West Africa: from the Field
– Dr Aminata Saran Sidibé (Soutoura, Mali)
– Dr Patricia Zougouni (Espace Confiance, Côte d’Ivoire)
– Dr Odé Kanku Kabemba (ATLAS Project, Mali)

To see in replay : https://www.psi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Atlas-Project-HIVST-in-West-Africa.mp4

Satellite Symposium : Towards sustainability and scability of hivst: solutions for low-and middle-income countries

Presentation by Clémence Doumenc Aïdara, Director of the ATLAS project


Presentation by Dr Safiatou Thiam, Executive Secretary of CNLS Senegal


Presentation film HIVST in West Africa

Poster: Challenges of HIV self-tests distribution for index testing in a context where HIV status disclosure is low: preliminary experience of the ATLAS project in Bamako, Mali. Sokhna Boye (Centre for Population and Development, Research Institute for the Développement, Université Paris Descartes, Inserm) et al.

Awareness-raising and prevention for COVID-19

Awareness-raising and prevention for COVID-19

In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the ATLAS Project participates in the response by developing and/or promoting awareness tools adapted for vulnerable populations and those living with HIV.

After participating in equipping their partners with protective equipment; in order to ensure that their exercise could continue under optimal security conditions, the ATLAS Project teams worked, in conjunction with their implementing partners, on the development and implementation of awareness actions.
In addition to the posters specifically developed, in collaboration with UNAIDS, for people living with HIV and reminding them of the particular conduct to be observed in the event of uncontrolled HIV infection, the materials published by the health authorities and visuals on the wearing of masks have been reproduced.

In Mali, the ATLAS project supports the measures of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and supports the broadcasting of awareness spots on community radio stations in French and Bambara on barrier gestures, thus making it possible to reach populations far from mass broadcasting channels. Two listeners of the free information line on COVID-19, hosted by PSI Mali’s KENEYAKO line, which already receives calls for ATLAS HIV self-test kits, are also supported by the Project to inform and orient people on the issue of coronavirus.

Prevention posters for PLWHIV and IDVOC

In Senegal, in order to increase the level of knowledge of the population, the ATLAS Project has financed and developed awareness programmes, broadcast on community radio stations in Mbour, Dakar and Ziguinchor. These weekly programmes, scheduled to be broadcast until the end of July, will systematically cover a reminder on barrier gestures and then devote forty minutes of airtime to a specific theme, accompanied by an expert to present the subject and answer listeners’ questions. While COVID-19, its modes of transmission, epidemiology and symptomatology will of course be discussed, programmes will also be devoted to vulnerabilities and prevention measures, the role of communities and continuity of care for PLWHA and vulnerable populations, the aim being to communicate accurate and accessible information in order to stop community transmissions.

Listen to the awareness messages of the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs :

In French
In Bambara

Response to COVID-19

Response to COVID-19

In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the ATLAS Project is adapting its activities and participating in the response by providing support to its implementing partners.

In the context of the fight against HIV, in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal, the ATLAS Project works in close collaboration with health actors, whether institutional or operational, from the public, associative or community sectors. As soon as the first cases of COVID-19 appeared in these countries, the Project undertook to support its partners in adapting their activities, protecting people and raising awareness of barrier gestures to limit the spread of the virus.

Las Palmas health post team receives its endowment


Maintenance of the activities of dispensing HIVST kits and first distributions of protective materials.


Activities to provide HIVST kits have been maintained in all sites where possible, while ensuring the safety of people and compliance with national guidelines aimed at limiting gatherings and respecting barrier gestures in particular. It is indeed essential that, in the context of this epidemic, access to health services remains possible, in complete safety: self-testing is precisely an opportunity to maintain access to knowledge of one’s HIV status while limiting contact. To this end, the ATLAS Project provides its partners with protective equipment, mainly in the form of batches of hydroalcoholic gel and masks, but also hand washing devices in Côte d’Ivoire. As Dr Fatou Seck, Coordinator of the Outpatient Treatment Unit / Addiction Management Unit (UTA/UPAM) in Mbour, Senegal, pointed out, “We are pleased to welcome your donation for the staff and vulnerable populations followed at the Mbour EPS. This will help us to better manage our patients with less risk of contamination by COVID-19. In Senegal, nearly 3,000 bottles of hydroalcoholic gel, 2,000 bottles of liquid soap, 20,000 masks and about 20 non-contact temperature-taking devices have already been given to the partners.


Awareness of barrier gestures


At the same time, and always with a view to preserving the population, special emphasis was placed on raising awareness of barrier gestures and knowledge of coronavirus disease. Thus, in each of its countries of action, the ATLAS Project participates financially in the reproduction of posters to raise awareness of barrier gestures. In Mali, an additional contribution has been allocated to finance radio spots broadcast in local languages on community radio stations. In Senegal, weekly awareness-raising programmes will be produced and broadcast on three community radio stations in the regions of Dakar, Mbour and Ziguinchor where the ATLAS Project is implementing the dispensing of HIV self-test kits.


Specific sensitization on COVID-19 for people living with HIV


Finally, in collaboration with UNAIDS, a poster dedicated to people living with HIV has been developed in order to make them aware of the specific behaviours to adopt in the face of this epidemic, such as the availability of three months of treatment for people on ARVs, or the particular need to respect barrier gestures for people with an unstable HIV infection, as they are more vulnerable to other infections. These posters will be available in our partners’ care centres.

COVID-19 awareness poster for People Living
with HIV produced in collaboration with UNAIDS
#MTVShugaAloneTogether

#MTVShugaAloneTogether

In the context of the pandemic at #COVID19, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and some of its actors from Babi, Down South and Naija share with us their experiences of confinement: barrier gestures, life as a couple, loneliness, domestic violence, living with HIV, parenthood, social distances, STI prevention, fakes news…

Daniel, star of ShugaBabi, and partner of the ATLAS Project in Côte d’Ivoire, but also Dineo, Leo, Zamo, Bongi, Oga T, are mobilized to bring answers to our questions in this exceptional mini-serie.
Find new episodes of MTVShuga Alone Together as well as videos of awareness and advice.

ATLAS & COVID-19

ATLAS & COVID-19

The ATLAS Project is joining the response to COVID-19 in its three countries of operation.

🔴August 6th – News update #Covid19

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🔴July 10th – News update #Covid19

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🔴July 8th – News update #Covid19

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🔴July 6th – News update #Covid19

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🔴July 1st – News update #Covid19

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🔴June 29th – News update #Covid19

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🔴June 26th – News update #Covid19

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🔴June 24th – News update #Covid19

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🔴June 22nd – News update #Covid19

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🔴June 19th – News update #Covid19

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🔴June 17th – News update #Covid19

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🔴June 15th – News update #Covid19

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🔴June 12th – News update #Covid19

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🔴June 10th – News update #Covid19

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🔴June 8th – Daily update #Covid19

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🔴June 5th – Daily update #Covid19

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🔴June 3rd – Daily update #Covid19

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🔴June 2nd – Daily update #Covid19

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🔴May 26th – Daily update #Covid19

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🔴May 20th – Daily update #Covid19

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🔴May 19th – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴May 18th – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴May 15th – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴May 14th – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴May 13th – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴May 12th – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴May 11th – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴May 8th – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴May 7th – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴May 6th – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴May 5th – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴May 4th – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴April 30 – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴April 29 – Daily update #Covid19
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Todays focus is on

🔴April 28 – Daily update #Covid19
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🔴April 27 – Daily update #Covid19

Today’s focus is on:

🔴 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Alert on the Need to Maintain Routine Vaccinations
🔴Priorité santé (FR): Enfants et confinement – questions et témoignages
🔴In Jeune Afrique (FR), Les grandes figures de la riposte au coronavirus en Afrique
🔴Gilles Yabi interview and his thoughs (FR): De la pyramide des âges et des priorités de santé publique en Afrique
🔴Reportage by Le monde Afrique (FR): Because of the coronavirus, “we will die of hunger or of blows”: Ivorian women testify
And in light of Saturday’s World Malaria Day, a special feature (FR):
🔴 Paludisme : le Covid-19 fait craindre une recrudescence des cas en Afrique

And always to keep up with the epidemiology : https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.htm

🔴April 22 – Daily update #Covid19

🔴April 21 – Daily update #Covid19
Today’s focus is on:

🔴 April 20 – Daily update #Covid19

Today, focus on the protection of vulnerable populations with :

And still on the pandemic situation in Africa:


And always, to follow the epidemiology: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.htmlTranslated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

AWARENESS

Our partners have developed and deployed awareness-raising visuals to inform the general public on how to deal with coronaviruses:

Côte d’Ivoire

Mali

Senegal

🔴 April 17 – Daily update #Covid19

Today, focus on :
Africa’s preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic with an interview with Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa (in English)
RFI update on Africa’s response to Coronavirus (in French)
Thomson Reuters Foundation devotes an article to the situation of LGBTQ people in Africa who are discriminated under the guise of coronavirus (in English)
Testimonies of five people cured of coronavirus infection, collected by the BBC (in French)
And always, to follow the epidemiology: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.htmlTranslated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

🔴 April 16 – Daily update #Covid19.
Today, focus on (in French) :
👉Le Senegal, where the response is now showing a cure rate of nearly 60% for 2 deaths
👉La France, where the renunciation of care is taking on worrying proportions in the context of the epidemic,
And to follow the epidemiology: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

🔴Daily news #Covid19.
In the context of the Coronavirus epidemic, a lot of information is circulating and it is sometimes difficult to extract the true from the false.
Every day, we offer you a selection of links allowing you to have access to reliable information on the evolution of the pandemic – mostly in french.

🔴Any questions about COVID-19? Developed by the Solthis teams, by compiling existing resources and contributing our expertise, download our FAQs in French and English on COVID-19

Fighting ignorance*

Fighting ignorance*

At 66 years old, Maman Koffi shows inexhaustible energy to work to improve the status of women around the San Pedro region of Côte d’Ivoire, which includes 10 administrative regions and 24 health districts. “I have been through a lot myself,” she explains. “I bore eight children, but lost four before their fifth year. I have experienced school pregnancies, home deliveries without medical assistance, and one of my children died of malaria because he was not taken to hospital but to the village. “Mama Koffi chose not to let her pain overwhelm her, but rather to enter midwifery school. “I chose to be a midwife to prevent this tragedy from happening to others, and I chose to work in the community to raise awareness and help these mothers. “After her initial training, Maman Koffi also graduated from the Ecole des Cadres in Côte d’Ivoire and then from a University Diploma in Mother and Child Health obtained at the René Descartes University Paris-V in 1996. At the beginning of her career, she and her colleagues used to contribute when resources were lacking to organize awareness sessions on women’s, mother and child health, but also on malaria and tuberculosis prevention, or obstetric fistula. In 1998, “with some of my sisters, I undertook the creation of the Association for the Management of the Bardot Delegated Municipal Maternity Hospital (AGEMAB), the only maternity hospital at that time in the large slum of Bardot, with the aim of relieving congestion at the Regional Hospital Center (CHR) and contributing to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality. »
With a view to optimizing the participation of the female community in the management of the maternity hospital, in 1999 she initiated the creation of the Association for the Promotion of Women’s, Mother, Child and Family Health (Aprosam), of which she is still Executive Director today. Also President of the Women’s Union of San Pedro, Côte d’Ivoire, Maman Koffi continues her daily community work which has enabled her to reach thousands of women, mothers and children and has recently integrated HIV self-testing kits, as a partner of the ATLAS Project, into her activities. “We have two mobile clinics to reach female sex workers (SWs) who are in the agro-industrial areas where the seasonal workers are working. Self-testing is very well received, especially because these sex workers did not come to the health centre for fear of being seen. Self-testing really complements our service offer. “Since October 2019, 980 people have been made aware of this complementary screening strategy, including 715 women. Around 50 people have learned their HIV status and have been able to receive treatment.
These community activities also include the development of income-generating activities, so that these women can become empowered and fight against the discrimination they face on a daily basis. “If one, two or three women get involved in this way, they save children, they save mothers,” says Maman Koffi while answering one of her incessant phone calls. A community resource, but also a sympathetic ear and a devoted friend, Maman Koffi has put her life at the service of women, so that they can free themselves from the barriers that patriarchy imposes on them. “Today I am a grandmother, twice. But above all I am the mother of all children in Côte d’Ivoire,” she concludes with a mischievous smile.

*The month of March was “Zero discrimination against women and girls” day (1st March) and International Women’s Rights Day (8th March). On these occasions, the ATLAS Project chose to highlight the work of Maman Koffi, who, after growing up in a disadvantaged environment, chose not to resign herself and to fight for the health of women, mothers and children.

The ATLAS Project is joining the response to VIDOC-19 in its three countries of operation.

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