October 28, 2015

Lomé, TOGO – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with UNAIDS and the Global Fund, is supporting the second West and Central Africa Key Populations (KP) workshop on the theme “Enhancing KP Interventions: Taking Stock and Moving Forward”. This 3-day workshop is organized by the USAID Regional HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Project PACTE-VIH and hosted by the Government of Togo (Ministry of Health).

In West and Central Africa, the prevalence of HIV among the general population remains low, with 12 of 24 countries reporting a national HIV prevalence of less than 2 percent.  However, the prevalence among key populations in the region is between 3 and 30 times higher than the general population.  Ending the HIV epidemic in West and Central Africa requires that programs and policies take an innovative and targeted approach that emphasizes access to services for those populations, and that best programmatic practices are shared, replicated and scaled.

September 2, 2015

There is a growing concern in the international community about the need to preserve West Africa’s ecosystems. The Upper Guinean Forest has an estimated 9,000 species of plants. Of these, 2,250 (25 percent) are believed to be endemic.  However, this forest is highly degraded, having experienced dramatic encroachment by expanding human activities and fragmentation that has reduced the forest to approximately 15 percent of its original coverage. Only an estimated 20,000 km2 of the land is protected under national parks and reserves.

August 20, 2015

This is the report from a meeting for regional consultations on key populations and HIV/AIDS that was held at the King Fahd Palace Hotel in Dakar, Senegal, on April 10, 2015.  The purpose of the meeting was to revamp efforts geared towards containing the HIV epidemic based on new scientific evidence; share the outcomes of various studies on the new trends of HIV spread among key populations; and agree on actions to reduce barriers that prevent key populations from gaining access to public health services.  

May 12, 2015

 On May 11 in Ouagadougou, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), launched a five-year project:  Mitigating Electoral Violence through National Early Warning Systems (NEWS).  As part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to support the 2015 elections in Burkina Faso, NEWS will collect and analyze information on possible triggers of electoral violence, and develop recommendations for peace building activities to help prevent or contain the outbreak of electoral violence.

April 27, 2015

Over 150 young leaders from 21 West African countries will gather in Accra, Ghana next week to share their expertise and engage on issues they have defined as critical for the future of Africa.  In support of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), USAID and IREX are organizing the 1st Annual West Africa Regional Conference for Mandela Washington Fellows in Accra from April 26-28, 2015.

April 13, 2015

 In line with the worldwide goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, government officials from ECOWAS member states committed to providing comprehensive health services for key populations in West Africa. They finalized a declaration of their commitment at an April 10, 2015, meeting hosted by the Government of Senegal and organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the West Africa Health Organization.


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Last updated: November 25, 2015

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