Fight against HIV/AIDS: Médecins Sans Frontières advocates for treatment of advanced HIV

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Africaguinee Dec. 1, 2022 2:22 p.m.

Namely: equality related to children; gender equality; equality related to key populations also equality related to access to funding.

If I take the example of the case of children, it's quite a headache...

This is why I take the opportunity to launch an advocacy at the level of the governmental authorities, the technical and financial partners who work in the fight against HIV, to join hands in order to find solutions so that everyone has access to quality care", she said.

In addition to the problem linked to the lack of care units for HIV patients, the other problem facing the actors in the fight against this disease is the stigmatization of society, according to Kadiatou Bôdjé Diallo , vice-president of RGAP (Guinean network of associations of people infected and affected by HIV-AIDS).

It is in this sense that Médecins Sans Frontières wanted to support the Guinean State, through the Donka national hospital, to build this unit to provide this care.

Other partners such as UN AIDS, UNICEF and WHO are supporting the fight, recalled Dr.

Souleymane Chaloub, Head of primary health medical activities for the MSF HIV project.

According to the World Health Organization, is called advanced HIV, any person living with HIV AIDS, who has a CD4 of less than 200 cells per cubic millimeter or any person living with HIV AIDS, with a characteristic manifestation of a WHO stage III or IV.

We should therefore go to other partners to fill the gap and save more lives,” suggested Dr.

Boubacar Baldé, Medical Supervisor at USFR Donka.

“I must admit that currently, it is the stigmatization of the sick that kills and the ignorance of the disease.

Today there are four elements of inequality that the UN AIDS points out.

I thank MSF for this support to this unit and to the Guinean State in the care of HIV patients,” said Fodé Bangaly Sacko, head of USFR.

Each month, this unit receives about a hundred people.

We started from an observation: people infected with HIV who are at an advanced stage most often do not have the financial means to meet the expenses related to their care.

The deaths of adults and children due to HIV/AIDS number 3,900, while AIDS orphans aged 0 to 17 number 86,000..

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