In 2004, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers joined together with an association of people living with HIV/AIDS, called Association Espoir pour Demain (AED-Lidaw). Together they founded Hope Through Health in an effort to provide HIV care and treatment services in northern Togo, where these services were not yet available. Since then, a growing team of Americans and Togolese have transformed HTH/AED-Lidaw into one of the most effective healthcare delivery organizations operating in Togo.
Hope Through Health believes that communities can transform the dynamics of healthcare delivery. The involvement of community members ensures that programs respond directly to patient priorities. By empowering community members, we see a range of practical benefits including decreased stigma, increased capacity and skills of local community members, greater patient engagement, increased information sharing, and higher staff motivation. Simply put, active community engagement leads to the delivery of more responsive healthcare services with increased capacity of the community to hold the heathcare system accountable for the quality and effectiveness of care delivered. Our model is more than a medical program – it is a local response to the pandemic initiated, implemented and sustained by local community members.
Finance done in partnership with Ebon Ameen, CPA