Corridor 2: Strengthening the fight against STIs and HIV/AIDS along main roads

Concept

Break the upward trajectory of AIDS where it is spreading the fastest, through the local mobilisation of actors from all sectors and population groups.

 

Context

STIs and HIV travel by road – the most favourable place for the intermingling of populations, exchanges between travellers and locals and mutual infectious contamination.  Drawing inspiration from the lessons learnt in the Corridor 1* prevention project, which had led to reduce the risk of the spread of sexually transmissible infections and, along with them, the impact of AIDS along the Bamako-Labezanga Road,  Corridor 2 expands the project to the Bamako-Kidal and Segou-Timbuktu roads, while reinforcing the project’s activities.

 

The project

Apart from prevention among the target population groups all along the main roads (workers, sex workers, salespersons, drivers, etc.), the Corridor 2 project reinforces the prevention and screening services provided for the most vulnerable sections of society (women, youth, children). It also seeks to improve the management (medical and psycho-social), support and professional integration of infected persons and to fight against their stigmatization.

 

Implementation

– Screening: Support to 10 existing structures. Establishment of 5 integrated centres.

– Information campaigns (radio, events, meetings, written media, etc.).

– Establishment of 100 condom distribution points.

– Preventive education in 45 schools. Training of 300 peer educators.

– Capacity-building of community and religious leaders, doctors/nurses, local NGOs and village committees for the fight against AIDS.

 

Project location / Bamako-Kidal and Ségou-Tombouctou main roads , Mali
Region / Africa
Area / Health education
Duration / 2012 - 2014
The project covers / 1000 local agents; 300 HIV carriers
Project manager / Alfousseyni Sangaré
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