The US Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx, on April 20, 2018, in Washington, DC, signed the Memorandum of Approval of the 2018 Country Operational Plan (COP 2018) of the Emergency Plan of the United States. American President for the Fight against AIDS (PEPFAR) in Côte d’Ivoire.
COP 2018 prepared by the PEPFAR Côte d’Ivoire Country Team, in collaboration with the Ivorian government and other partners, is estimated at US $ 140 million, or about CFAF 77 billion for the period from October 2018 to September 2019.
This plan will strengthen the country’s efforts to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for achieving HIV control by 2020, namely: 90% of people living with HIV ( PLHIV) know their status; 90% of PLHIV who know their status are on antiretroviral therapy; 90% of PLHIV under treatment have an undetectable level of the virus in their body.
COP 2018 aims to drastically reduce HIV infection and reduce HIV-related deaths to help the Ivorian government reach a generation without HIV and AIDS.
The American Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, Katherine Brucker, welcomed the announcement, saying that “HIV is preventable, and can also be cared for. Take precautions to avoid infection, but take your test to know your status so that you can start an immediate treatment if you are HIV positive.