PEPFAR: To date, Togo has received about $50M from the U.S. to better fight and treat AIDS

Monday, 05 February 2024 18:38
PEPFAR: To date, Togo has received about $50M from the U.S. to better fight and treat AIDS

(Togo First) - The U.S. has spent close to $50 million to fight and treat AIDS in Togo since 2019. The funds were provided through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  To date, the American program has helped provide over 35,000 people with antiretrovirals, as well as improve the level of patient care and viral load suppression in Togo.

The data was shared last week on the sidelines of a visit to Lomé by Dr. Nirav Shah, Deputy Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It was Dr. Shah’s first official trip to West Africa.

"I wanted to come to Togo especially to celebrate the public health successes that the US government and the Togolese government have achieved by working together," Shah said during his stay in Lomé.

In the Togolese capital, the U.S. official met with Togo’s Minister of Health, Pr. Moustafa Mijiyawa. They discussed the U.S.-Togo partnership and its prospects.


"We are very proud of the progress CDC has made in partnership with the government of Togo. We would also like to congratulate the government of Togo on the progress that has been made in eliminating four neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This progress is so significant that the World Health Organization recently awarded Togo a bronze medal in recognition of its achievement," added Nirav Shah.

Indeed, the West African country has been recognized by the WHO for having eliminated four NTDs: Guinea worm in 2011, lymphatic filariasis in 2017 (the first country in Africa), Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) or sleeping sickness in 2020, and trachoma in 2022. This allowed Togo to secure over $22 million from the USAID.

Another major health area where the U.S. and Togo collaborate is the fight against malaria. Last year, Togo joined the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the West African country has received over $20 million in funding through the Initiative for the 2023-2024 period. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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