West and Central Africa

We’re on the frontline in West and Central Africa, responding to the complex challenges that face those living with, and at risk from, HIV.

The HIV picture in West and Central Africa is complex. While the region represents just 7% of the total worldwide population, it is home to 17% of the global number of people living with HIV. And while prevalence among adults is relatively low, around 30% of all AIDS-related deaths occur in the region.

This is because just 48% of people living with HIV are aware of their status. The situation is exacerbated by broader humanitarian issues, such as conflict, poor human rights and widespread discrimination against marginalised groups, such as sex workers and men who have sex with men.

Our work in the region is, therefore, essential, helping to promote HIV prevention and treatment, as well as championing a stronger approach to human rights.

Did you know?

  • There are 6.1 million people living with HIV in West and Central Africa.
  • HIV prevalence among adults in the region is 1.9%.
  • Women are disproportionately affected, making up 57% of adults living with HIV in the region.
  • Regional surveys conducted between 2012-17 found that less than 29% of young men and 23% of young women had comprehensive and correct knowledge of how to prevent HIV.

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