Founding President of Arcad-Sida Mali, Director of the Africa Bureau and Networks for Coalition Plus
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Dr. Aliou Sylla was a pioneer in implementing Mali’s community health policy and served as the Physician-Director of the “ASACOSEK” community health center for 5 years.
He was the founding President of ARCAD-SIDA, the most important non-profit organization offering treatment to PLWHA in Mali (1994-2016). For about a decade, he also served as the Director of CESAC, Mali’s largest HIV treatment center.
He was a major force in increasing the visibility and empowerment of PLWHA through the creation of the Malian Network of PLWHA (RMAP+) and support to the African Network of PLWHA (RAP+). He also served as Coordinator of the Ministry of Health’s AIDS program for 10 years.
He is a dedicated activist advocating for Human Rights and access to healthcare, prevention, and treatment for PLWHA. He also serves as an Expert/Consultant for and member of many scientific committees for the WHO, UNAIDS, and ANRS in the field of HIV and viral hepatitis.
He was named Director of the Africa Bureau and Networks for Coalition Plus three years ago, working on advocacy, skills development, community research, resource mobilization, and good governance. He has received several honors including the Officer of the National Order of Mali Medal and the Knight of the Order of Malta.