U.S. Ambassador to Togo Robert E. Whitehead launched on June 18, a major health program called Dindji. The Project aims to enhance the quality of health services and improve the socio-cultural and legal environment primarily for two key populations affected by HIV in the sub-region. Those key populations are female sex workers and men who have sex with men. The project will also impact the health care system overall by improving the quality of HIV services available.
Dindji Project is funded by the United States’ Agency for International Development, known as USAID. In Africa, USAID works with its partners to improve access to and delivery of health services, to support more accountable and democratic institutions, to start businesses and foster an environment attractive to private investment, and to stave off conflict and strengthen communities. USAID assistance to forty-two African countries totaled more than eight billion dollars in 2012.
Dindji falls within the framework of the United States’ overall goal of achieving an HIV-free generation globally by 2030. For many years, the U.S. Embassy in Lomé has worked in partnership with the Togolese Ministry of Health and local organizations to fight HIV/AIDS. For example, the U.S. Department of Defense’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program has actively supported the Togolese Armed Forces and the Togolese non-governmental organization Association des Militaires Anciens Combattants Amis et Corps Habillés to prevent and manage HIV/AIDS cases in the military.