Summaries of HIV/AIDS Projects in Africa
Senegal—HIV/AIDS Prevention in the High-Risk Area of Kaolack Senegal
Partners: LWR and the Association pour la Promotion de la Femme Senegalaise (APROFES)
Infection rates in HIV/AIDS have remained consistently low in Senegal at below 2 percent. But recent studies in Senegal that track trends in HIV knowledge, attitudes and risk behaviors in selected groups in a population have revealed gaps in knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the epidemic particularly in high risk areas such as Kaolack. Bordering the Gambia, Kaolack is a transit area where travelers and commercial sex workers converge, and HIV transmission rates have soared in the region. Although the fight against HIV/AIDS in Senegal represents an example of success, basic care, and support services for people affected and infected by the disease are still lacking.
GOAL: To undertake HIV/STD awareness raising activities in order to reduce risk and vulnerability to infection through positive behavior change. The project will also allow people living with HIV/AIDS to improve their livelihoods through income generating activities.
OBJECTIVES: LWR’s partner, APROFES will be able to work in 70 villages and 100 people living with HIV/AIDS and will as a result: Improve knowledge on HIV/AIDS and curb the spread of the disease:
"50% of the population in the region of Kaolack will have a better understanding and knowledge of HIV/AIDS and will adopt responsible behavior reducing the levels of new infections.
Approved Budget Support: $91,870 through 2004.