Chivalry isn’t dead. And it isn’t only male. At least, not at PSI.
PSI Country Representative Marie F. Baptiste recently became a knight, an honor awarded by the National Order of Merit of Cote d’Ivoire. Known in French as the Chevalier de l’Ordre de Mérite Ivoirien, Marie Baptiste was given this award in recognition of PSI’s partnership with the Ivorian Ministry of Defense’s HIV/AIDS Committee in prevention, care and treatment.
This PSI program aims to strengthen the military health system to provide sustainable quality HIV care and treatment services to Cote d’Ivoire’s armed forces and their families. It also seeks to increase the number of military personnel, in additional to civilian families and sex workers, who know their HIV status and are enrolled in care and treatment. In addition to these objectives, the program aims to strengthen the military health information collection system for more effective data collection and use for decision making.
Under this project, PSI/Cote d’Ivoire works with the military to oversee prevention awareness activities, conduct HIV testing, enroll diagnosed patients into care and treatment, and improve military laboratories’ service quality. PSI/Cote d’Ivoire is also working with the military to improve their data collection and reporting system, so that they can better understand and track their patients.
The ceremony was held in honor of Lt. Commander William Cunningham, a Security Cooperation Officer who just finished his tour in Cote d’Ivoire. Two French military personnel also received the award that day for support to the military health system.
Congratulations to Marie Baptiste and the PSI/Cote d’Ivoire team.