The ATLAS project in West Africa: a big innovation at local level to achieve the global HIV screening goal by 2020

Dakar – HIV self-testing will be more widely disseminated and promoted in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal so that people with the highest risk of contracting HIV can know their serological status in full confidentiality and contact treatment and prevention services.

The ATLAS project, which involves HIV self-testing and free access to information about one’s health status, is funded by Unitaid in the amount of more than US$ 15 million and is being rolled out by the Therapeutic Solidarity and Health Initiatives (Solthis) consortium and the Institute for Research and Development (IRD) in partnership with the health ministries of the three countries being targeted.

The project was officially launched today in Dakar, Senegal, in the presence of Colonel Boubacar Gueye, chief technical adviser to the minister of health, and Professor Sheik Tidiane Ndour, chief of the AIDS and STI control division, both representing H.E. the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Unitaid Deputy Executive Director Dr. Philippe Duneton and Solthis General Director Louis Pizarro.

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