Friday, January 31, the U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Chris Tremann donated equipment to Gabon’s Ministry of Defense, to aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
This donation is part of the U.S. government’s commitment to fight HIV/AIDs in Gabon. During a four year period, the Embassy will donate $1.12 million in equipment and expertise to support Gabon’s efforts in reducing the number of new HIV infections and other sexually transmitted diseases among members of the Gabonese Defense and Security Forces, their families, and the civilian communities.
The current equipment donation to the military AIDS program consists of three desktops, five laptops and accessories, three Wi-Fi mobile hotspots, one video projector, one video projector stand and Microsoft Windows 10 Pro software.
Previous support under this program included a June 2019 training of military personnel on stigmatization and discrimination reduction and a December 2019, training on HIV prevention and testing for health personnel. In January 2020, the Embassy supported an additional training on HIV prevention and testing for front line military personnel (doctors, nurses, midwives, psychologists, social workers and peer educators).
Since 2005, the U.S. government, through the Department of Defense’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program has supported Gabon in its response to their HIV/AIDS epidemic. Medical Care Development International, an American private volunteer organization located in Washington, DC is the U.S. government’s implementing partner on this project.