Program Office

PSI/Togo
Immeuble Auba, 1er étage
BP 13804
Lome, Togo
Phone: + 228 2222 27 55
Phone: + 228 2222-77-67
Fax: + 228 2222 46 24
angelika@atms.tg

Togo

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.1

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.

  1. 1. HIV InSite: HIV/AIDS in Togo.
Health Areas

Child Survival, Diarrheal Disease, HIV, Malaria, Reproductive Health

Health Impact

PSI/Togo estimates that in 2010, its products and services helped avert:

  • 19,548 HIV & TB DALYs1
  • 30,399 Reproductive Health DALYs
  • 6,877 Malaria Control DALYs
    1. 1. Source: The DALY (Disability-Adjusted Life Year) is a widely-used, credible metric that was first developed by the World Bank and is now routinely relied upon in the public health community.
Health Interventions
Improving Health in Togo

HIV

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:

  • Truckers.
  • Military personnel.
  • Commercial sex workers.
  • Rural populations.
  • Students.
  • 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.

Malaria

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.

Reproductive Health

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.1

  1. 1. Source: Perspectives on Unmet Need for Family Planning in West Africa: Togo, USAID.
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Donors


Partners

  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • 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
  • CARE
  • USAID Regional AWARE Project partners
  • Local NGOs