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Elan d’Amour - Côte d’Ivoire

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Introduction

Serving the community around the port of San Pedro since 2008, Elan d’Amour is a grassroots organisation that supports people living with HIV by empowering them and involving them in HIV prevention, care and treatment programmes. Because of its innovative collaboration with local health-care structures, including the regional hospital, the organisation has quickly become a model for other communities whose aim is to empower people living with HIV and to reduce stigma. Elan d’Amour builds the skills of people living with HIV and trains them to counsel others in HIV care. It also effectively overcomes stigma among health-care providers, providing training in counselling, testing and treatment-adherence support. In 2009 Elan D’Amour supported five health centres by providing HIV treatment education to over 900 people living with HIV and offering counselling and testing for HIV to 1,600 people, with particular focus on reaching out to sex workers in the community. Furthermore, the organisation focuses on advocating for care and treatment for mothers and children living with HIV. Elan d'Amour has played a catalytic role in becoming a model for integrating community organisations into the system of care for HIV in developing countries.

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Successes

Profile in Brief
Organisation
Elan d'Amour
Region
Africa
Classification
Non-Governmental Organisation
Field of Work
Treatment, Care and Support
Prevention
Harm Reduction
Stigma and Discrimination
Populations Served
Women
Children
Sex Workers
Founded
2005
Staff
3 full-time, 94 members
  • In the first quarter of 2009, Elan d'Amour received a grant to provide support and counseling for HIV positive adults and children. The group extended activities to five different health facilities in San Pedro and enrolled almost 1,000 people living with HIV into antiretroviral treatment programmes.
  • The current Executive Director of Elan d‘Amour has been pivotal in encouraging people living with HIV to step forward and disclose their status, a contribution which has been instrumental to the success of the organisation.
  • Elan d'Amour peer navigators volunteer not only offer moral, psychological and educational support to patients, but they support the care of the system itself.

Partnerships

  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) in Côte d‘Ivoire.
  • Public Health division of the Health Department of San Pedro, University of California, San Francisco, Positive Health Program 
  • Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Etre Familial 
  • Various Ivorian Partners, including Conougbe (a peer-led community health group in Tabou that was inspired, trained, and supported by Elan d‘Amour) and Bayewa (a peer-led community health group in Grand-Bereby that was inspired, trained, and supported by Elan d‘Amour)

Contact

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Phone: 225 34 71 03 36
Address: 
1 BP 2129 San Pedro 01
San Pedro
Bas-Sassandra
Cote d'Ivoire