Access to treatment is the main reason that AIDS-related deaths have tumbled in recent years. UNAIDS stated that ”An estimated 700,000 AIDS-related deaths were estimated to have been averted in 2010 alone, due to improved access to care in places like sub-Saharan Africa, which recorded a 20% jump in people undergoing treatment between 2009 and 2010." GAIA Vaccine Foundation has been engaged in improving HIV Education, Prevention, and Access to Care in West Africa since 2002. Our goal is to leverage innovative HIV management techniques and expand HIV treatment knowledge to improve access to, an adherence to care in West Africa, and to provide a model for the expansion of village level HIV care throughout West Africa. We have established successful local and regional partnerships in Mali, performed vaccine readiness research, and implemented a comprehensive HIV care program in anticipation of performing HIV vaccine trials.
Great results lead to increased patients and more need for donor support. As a result of the strong relationship of trust and well being between our doctors and the people they treat, our patients base has increased in size and the first quarter of 2012 already shows that more people are joining our clinic. In 2012 we plan to move to dramatically improve ARV treatment, testing, outreach and nutrition programs and create effective standardized care protocols that can be efficiently replicated and implemented in CSCOMS across Mali. The dissemination of the Hope Center Clinic model of primary HIV care will ensure that all HIV-positive persons have easy and affordable access to the treatment, medication and basic primary care that they need in order to live longer lives.
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