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Support with combating HIV/AIDS in the Indian Ocean area (Madagascar & Mauritius)

Project leader

Fight Aids Monaco
SISAL and ASM (Madagascar)
PILS and Chrysalide (Mauritius)

Location Madagascar
Duration 2016 - 2016
Intervention Area Health
Funding 45 000,00 €


  • Madagascar 

Madagascar is one of the world’s ten poorest countries.

The official figures put HIV prevalence at less than 1% of the population, but the number of people living with HIV (PLHIV) who are unaware that they are HIV positive is likely to be much higher.

Irregular availability of supplies (screening tests), the cost of care and travel, and the vastness and isolation of the country are hindering provision of good medical treatment.

Prevention also remains essential. There are still many people in Madagascar who do not believe in HIV, or who think that it is a disease caught by homosexuals and prostitutes, and does not concern them.

  • Mauritius

HIV prevalence is estimated at 1.02% among the adult Mauritian population, or about 9,200 people.

The epidemic continues to be highly concentrated within key populations: people who inject drugs, sex workers, and men who have sex with men.

In economic and social terms, almost all PLHIV in Mauritius are from the most vulnerable sections of society: 82% are from households living below the absolute poverty line.

Project owner

Fight Aids Monaco which assists and supports four local charities: SISAL and ASM in Madagascar, and PILS and Chrysalide in Mauritius.

Main objective

Help limit the IHV pandemic by improving the overall treatment of People Living with HIV (PLH) in the Indian Ocean area.


  • SISAL: The total number of beneficiaries over three years is 15,000 young people covered by behaviour change communication (BCC) efforts, including 8,000 screened for STIs and HIV, and 8,000 treated
  • ASM: 180 hospitalised PLHIV without access to infections disease services per year
  • PILS: 1,500 PLHIV spread throughout Mauritius per year
  • CHRYSALIDE: 20 women in target groups (intravenous drug users, sex workers, former prisoners, PLHIV) + 10 children every quarter