IRIN PlusNews HIV/AIDS News and information service | West Africa | TOGO: UN agencies working to locate HIV patients displaced by post election violence | Care Treatment | News Items
Tuesday 21 February 2006
Home About PlusNews Country Profiles News Briefs Special Reports Subscribe Archive IRINnews


East Africa
Great Lakes
Horn of Africa
Southern Africa
West Africa
·Burkina Faso
·Cape Verde
·Cote d'Ivoire
·Eq. Guinea
·Guinea Bissau
·Sao Tome & Pr.
·Sierra Leone
·Western Sahara
RSS - News Briefs


PlusNews E-mail Subscription

TOGO: UN agencies working to locate HIV patients displaced by post election violence

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

LOME, 30 May (PLUSNEWS) - Post-election violence has forced tens of thousands of Togolese to flee their homes, some of whom are living with AIDS and no longer have access to life prolonging anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment, the UN children's agency UNICEF said.

"We have started to identify people with HIV who fled from their homes without their medication," said Aicha Flambert, head of UNICEF in Togo.

"We hope the planned expansion of our system of epidemiological surveillance among the displaced will help us to track them and even show up new cases," she told PlusNews.

UNICEF could not confirm how many people living with AIDS had been forced to stop taking their drugs.

About six percent of Togo's five million population is HIV positive, according to a survey carried out in 2001.

The local association of people living with AIDS said in March that 2,500 people in Togo were taking ARV drugs, although 15,000 people would benefit from them.

According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, over 34,000 people have fled to neighbouring Benin and Ghana since violence erupted after a controversial presidential election on 24 April.

Local non-governmental organisations and UN aid workers estimate a further 10,000 have been internally displaced within Togo since violent protests erupted when the government declared Faure Gnassingbe, a son of Togo's late president Gnassingbe Eyademak, to be the winner.

Opposition leaders claim the poll was rigged in Gnassingbe's favour and have accused the government of launching a campaign of persecution against known and suspected supporters of the opposition.


Recent TOGO Reports
Battling men's reticence to have pregnant women tested for HIV,  26/Jul/05
Fighting to keep ARV drugs within population's grasp,  17/Mar/05
Truckers know the risks but spurn condom use,  30/Nov/04
Battling third highest HIV-rate in West Africa,  6/Aug/04
New HIV/AIDS project targets vulnerable women and girls,  19/Jun/02
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

PlusNews does not take responsibility for info in links supplied.

[Back] [Home Page]

Click here to send any feedback, comments or questions you have about PlusNews Website or if you prefer you can send an Email to Webmaster

Copyright © IRIN 2006
The material contained on comes to you via IRIN, a UN humanitarian news and information service, but may not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies.
All PlusNews material may be reposted or reprinted free-of-charge; refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use. IRIN is a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.