Hope Through Health was born in response to the acute AIDS crisis in Togo. Inspired by the dedication of local community members, Hope Through Health designed a community-based healthcare delivery model which provides comprehensive clinic and home-based services. Working along- side local partner organization, AED-Lidaw, Hope Through Health has contributed to dramatic increases in access to and efficacy of HIV care and treatment in northern Togo.
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 health care delivery organizations operating in Togo.
Providing high-quality care within a fragile healthcare infrastructure amidst the challenges of resource-scarcity requires a proactive, comprehensive approach that addresses both the social and biomedical determinants of health. Hope Through Health’s Community Health Worker program is designed to connect patients to the public healthcare system. Community Health Workers provide the home-based support patients need to access health are services early and the follow-up required to remain healthy long after leaving the clinic or hospital. This approach leads to improved health outcomes and reduced costs by offering proactive, personalized and comprehensive care.
As of 2016
According to UNICEF, over 11,000 children are living with HIV and more than 66,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS in Togo. The availability of effective treatment for children living with HIV offers the hope for longer lives.Hope Through Health’s Pediatric HIV Program aims to provide the highest possible standard of care, including lifesaving treatment, to children living with HIV. Our program also provides nutritional, educational and psychosocial support to children and their families to ensure that children are able to reap the full benefits of a healthy life. Hope Through Health has supported hundreds of orphans and children living with HIV, providing them with comprehensive care including school supplies, nutrition kits, enrichment activities, and lifesaving antiretroviral therapy.
According to UNICEF, roughly 67,000 women of reproductive age are living with HIV in Togo. Access to a combination of preventative measures can significantly reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. However only 33% of pregnant women living with HIV in Togo currently have access to these services. Hope Through Health’s Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission Program aims to eliminate new pediatric HIV infections by providing easy access to care and comprehensive follow up to pregnant women living with HIV and their partners. A majority of Hope Through Health’s patients are women. Our programs have led to the enrollment of hundreds of women in prevention of mother to child HIV transmission services. As a result, hundreds of infants have been born HIV-free.
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