Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston Visits Foundation Program in Côte d'Ivoire
June 2, 2010
Dr. Anthony Tanoh, Technical Director for the Foundation's Côte d’Ivoire program, led the visit, which included Dr. Anna Likos, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Chief of Party in Côte d’Ivoire, and other members of the PEPFAR/CDC Côte d’Ivoire team, Dr. Alexandre Ekra, Marie Thérèse Nobah, and Teri Wingate.
Dr. Sakalia, head of Sainte Thérèse de l’Enfant Jesus site, on the outskirts of Abidjan, one of the 300 Foundation-supported sites in Côte d’Ivoire, gave the visitors a tour of the facility.
Congressman Kingston talks with staff at the
Sainte Thérèse de l'Enfant Jesus health facility in Côte d’Ivoire
During the course of his visit, Congressman Kingston learned that of the 22,000 persons tested at his site since the beginning of the Foundation’s support, 1,500 received a positive result and are being treated there. The congressman was also made aware that if PEPFAR support stopped, it would be a catastrophe for the thousands of people who count on the program for HIV treatment.
Finally, Dr Sakalia shared other benefits of the PEPFAR program for his site and the community it serves, including on-going capacity building and facility renovations.