Dakar, France, January 30 (MAP) – The ATLAS project (free to know your status) officially started tonight in Dakar, aims to reduce AIDS-related deaths in Ivory Coast Ivory Coast in Mali and Senegal, under the auspices of a consortium comprised of NGO Soltis and IRD, Research Institute for Development.
"The ATLAS project, free to access knowledge of its status, wants to take part in reducing mortality, AIDS related morbidity in three countries in the subregion, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal," said his director Clemens Dumenk Aidara.
In this perspective, it will be distributed a separate HIV test test, a diagnostic tool approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), she added on the margins of the opening ceremony of the project.
Self-testing is done by oral fluid or finger-finger blood, for example, to know their status in a private state.
"It is a tool that responds to the needs of the population," precisely to one category of population characterized by its own reality, its identity, the issue of stigmatization, anxiety to take care of, said Clemens Dumens Aidara.
Affected individuals, even aware of what they belong to at risk, "do not go to a health facility," she explained, adding that self-testing "allows this confidentiality to be respected, especially for stigmatized people."
"The project is innovative and meets the needs of these populations," said the director of the ATLAS project, implemented by a consortium comprised of NGO Soltis and IRD (Research and Development Institute).
It is being implemented "in close cooperation" with the health ministries of Senegal, Mali and Ivory Coast, and is supported and funded by the international donor Unitaida.
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