Togo is a small, tropical West African nation. The majority of its 6.7 million people participate in subsistence farming. Due to its wet climate and rural population base, malaria is the country’s chief health concern. HIV is also a major concern. About 130,000 Togolese are living with HIV, and 9,000 die annually from AIDS.
PSI/Togo began operations in 1996 to promote Protector Plus male condoms to help curb the spread of HIV. Key messages in mass media and peer education encourage consistent condom use, fidelity and HIV testing. PSI/Togo’s health interventions now also include malaria, reproductive health and water-borne diseases.
PSI/Togo promotes the ABCs (Abstinence, Be Faithful and Condoms) of HIV prevention via targeted peer education activities, mass media campaigns and special events. Evidence-based interventions encourage positive behaviors such as testing and discourage harmful cultural norms such as cross-generational sex to most-at-risk groups, including:
- Military personnel.
- Commercial sex workers.
- Rural populations.
- Men who have sex with men.
- Religious group members.
HIV-prevention products include Protector Plus and Rebel male condoms, Protectiv’ female condoms and Gel Intime lubricant. PSI/Togo also manages a national network of voluntary counseling and testing centers and collaborates with local care and treatment organizations to arrange referrals.
In 2002, Operation Haute Protection became PSI/Togo’s first military HIV prevention program in the West Africa Region. It brings peer education, mass media campaigns, condom distribution, and voluntary counseling and testing centers to military bases. Since its inception, Operation Haute Protection has successfully increased condom use and decreased the frequency of HIV infections among Togo’s armed forces.
PSI/Togo collaborates with Plan Togo, the Ministry of Health, local NGOs, and the private sector to ensure reliable access to long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs). Serena LLIN – the first brand in Togo – remains the best known and most widely available. These technologically advanced mosquito nets are treated with an insecticide that is safe to humans and lasts up to five years.
In the absence of donor funding, PSI uses sales revenues to keep nets available to the general population. Free LLINs go to high-priority groups – pregnant women, children under 5 and families in high prevalence areas. PSI and its partners distributed more than 32,000 nets in 2006. And in 2007, PSI/Togo estimated that it helped avert more than 50,000 cases of malaria.
PSI/Togo helps women obtain Confiance brand oral contraceptives and Depo-Provera injectable contraceptives through public sector clinics, private medical practices and pharmacies. Educational services explain how contraceptive use can help prevent pregnancy-related death and allow families to better space the births of their children. In 2007, PSI/Togo estimated that it helped prevent 22,000 unwanted pregnancies.
Limited donor support restricts PSI/Togo from fully addressing the country’s tremendous reproductive health needs. Thirty-two percent of married Togolese women of reproductive age have unmet needs for family planning services.
- The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
- United States Agency for International Development
- United Kingdom Department for International Development
- U.S. Department of Defense
- U.S. Ambassador’s Fund
- Togo Ministries of Health, Defense, Education, Security, Child Protection and Tourism
- CNLS (National HIV/AIDS Committee)
- PNLS (National HIV/AIDS Program)
- PNLP (National Malaria Program)
- DSF (National Family Health Division)
- Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism
- U.S. Peace Corps
- DED (German Development Service)
- World Health Organization
- Rotary Club
- Peace Without Borders
- Plan International/Togo
- USAID Regional AWARE Project partners
- Local NGOs
- Taking Family Planning to the Village: Using mobile outreach services to increase access to family planning in rural Togo
In Togo, where there is a severe shortage of trained health workers, particularly outside of urban areas, we added a dedicated mobile team to provide mobile outreach activities in the interior areas of the country not covered by its existing network.
- 2012 Mid Year Region and Country Dashboards, West and Central Africa
- 2011 Region and Country Dashboards, West and Central Africa
- IAC 2010: Togo — Psychosocial Determinants of Condom Use Among MSM in Togo
- IAC 2010: Togo — Scaling Up Interventions among MSM
- IAC 2010: Togo — Who Are We Reaching
- IAC 2010: Togo — Mobile HIV Counseling
- Improving Access to HIV Prevention Messages and Services among Men Who have Sex with Men in Togo
- Togo (2006): Etude d’Impact de Campagne en Milieu du Travail au Togo.
- Togo (2007): Evaluation de la Qualité des Services dans les Centres de Conseils Dépistage Volontaire et Anonyme. Deuxième Passage.