Project Preparations Ahead of Launch Event
Ahead of the launch of ITPC’s Regional Community Treatment Observatory in West Africa earlier this month, ITPC and country partners gathered for a three-day pre-implementation meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to finalize the project preparations and build on planning processes started in Dakar, Senegal in December 2016.
The project will develop 11 national and one regional Community Treatment Observatories. The Observatories will empower networks of people living with HIV to systematically collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data on barriers to accessing HIV treatment. The goal over the next three years is to increase access to treatment in the 11 West African countries, which are: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
“Community monitoring is clearly not a new idea, but investing in communities to sustainably carry out this work is where we, as ITPC, innovate,” explained Solange Baptiste, ITPC Executive Director. “We will spend time, and resources to build leadership, improve technical capacity on program planning and data management, strengthen organizational systems of finance, enhance M&E standards, and contribute to staff salaries.”
New Advisory Board for ITPC West Africa
ITPC West Africa also held a two-day General Assembly meeting where they nominated a new advisory board who will oversee the responsibilities of the organization as co-principal recipient of this project. The ITPC West Africa Board will soon announce the recruitment of a new Regional Director who will work alongside the Regional Community Treatment Observatory project team in Abidjan.