On Monday 30 May, the grant agreement was signed for the “PasserELLES” project, led by Santé Sud in Mauritania. Pauline Nguyen, Director General of Santé Sud, and Lucie Petiteau, Manager for the Priority Diseases Control Program, attended the signing event.
Santé Sud also presented its “responding to priority diseases” and “sexual and reproductive health and rights” portfolios, and the links between the “Temeyouz” and “PasserElles” projects, to staff from Expertise France’s Health Department and L’Initiative.
The PasserELLES project, led by Santé Sud in partnership with SOS Pairs Educateurs, supports the integration of sexual and reproductive health services to strengthen the response to HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and related co-infections, and takes a gender approach.
In Mauritania, it is necessary to improve data reliability to improve the efficiency of disease control programs, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, in particular. The project also aims to address challenges around patient care, to increase coverage of care, access to services for key populations, and to strengthen human resources and civil society organizations (CSOs) in the health sector.
The aim of PasserELLES is to promote an integrated and gender-sensitive continuum of care to strengthen the response to HIV, STIs and related co-infections, tuberculosis, hepatitis B, and malaria in the regions of Nouakchott, Trarza, and Dakhlet-Nouadhibou.
The project was selected as part of the 2021 call for projects and began in 2022 with a grant of €2,483,000 from L’Initiative.