Abidjan-Lagos Transport Corridor Project
The Abidjan-Lagos transport corridor is the major east-west transport corridor in West Africa, connecting the capital cities of five countries (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria). Travel along the corridor is recognized as critical to the socio-economic development of the region, but it also offers opportunities for the fast transmission of communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS. The HIV/AIDS Project for the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor project aimed to increase access to HIV prevention, basic treatment, support and care services by underserved vulnerable groups, with particular attention to transport workers, migrants, sex workers, customs and immigration officials, and the local populations living and working. The Corridor Project brought together different stakeholders from the five different countries to achieve solid results: better knowledge of how to prevent HIV, more diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), greater condom availability and use, and greatly increased voluntary HIV counseling and testing.