HIV/AIDS poses an unprecedented challenge to the achievement of sustainable socioeconomic development. Cognizant of the gravity of this epidemic, of its negative impact on the individual, the family, and the community, officials from the five countries of the Abidjan-Lagos migration corridor, namely Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria, designed and implemented a joint project.
The Joint Regional Project along the Abidjan-Lagos Transport Corridor (commonly known as the Corridor Project) seeked to expand the access of vulnerable persons to support services, basic care and treatment, and prevention. In this migration context, the project targeted transport sector workers, police officers, customs officers, porters, sex workers, and other persons working at the border posts between the five countries.
The Corridor Project, which cost a total of US$19.9 million (including a grant for US$16.6 million from the World Bank), was launched in 2004 and is the first regional HIV/AIDS prevention project to be financed by the World Bank. Owing to its multisectoral and multicountry nature, it contributed to regional integration in West Africa.
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