The Gambia

Assessing the quality of life of people living with HIV and AIDS in The Gambia

Former president Yahya Jammeh introduced a fraudulent HIV cure distributed through his Presidential Alternative Treatment Program (PATP) in January 2007. The PATP and administration of the HIV cure ran for 10 years until Jammeh left The Gambia for self-imposed exile in Equatorial Guinea.  The research project seeks to assess the impact of PATP on people living with HIV (PLHIV) that enrolled, and those that did not take the PATP cure, including identifying human rights issues related to both groups.

In addition, researchers assess the quality of life of PLHIV since Jammeh’s departure to identify challenges and successes that can inform national policy formulation for PLHIV. The project began in 2018, with research teams surveying PLHIV, and conducting qualitative in-depth interviews with Gambian healthcare workers and policy makers in the field of HIV and AIDS.

Research Focus

  • Infectious Diseases

    At the EIGH, our researchers work to combat a number of various illnesses, including infectious diseases caused by organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. These diseases can also be spread from one person to another and may be transmitted from animals to humans. 

  • Maternal/Child and Community Health

    At the EIGH, our researchers explore multifaceted health issues pertaining to women, pregnancy, breastfeeding, reproduction, and infant and child well-being. Our focus to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates supports a global priority among health practitioners and researchers. Additionally, community-based research on the local and global levels promotes a team effort to protect and improve the health of population groups worldwide. 

Who’s Involved

EIGH Faculty

Global Partners

  • AIDS-Free World
  • University of The Gambia
  • National AIDS Secretariat

Additional Information

Publications

Bosha, S., Adeniyi, M., Ivan, J., Ghiaseddin, R., Minteh, F., Barrow, L., and Kuye, R. The Impact of the Presidential Alternative Treatment Program on People Living with HIV and the Gambian HIV Response.

BBC: “The President who made people take his bogus HIV cure” https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-42754150

 

CBC Radio: “Patients sue Gambia’s ex-president over ‘bogus’ HIV cure” https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-friday-edition-1.4687507/patients-sue-gambia-s-ex-president-over-bogus-hiv-cure-1.4687509

 

CNN: “Former Gambian leader sued over fraudulent AIDS cure” https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/31/africa/gambia-hiv-aids-cure-lawsuit-jammeh/index.html

 

Capstone Projects

 

Adeniyi, M. (2018) Perceptions of the Presidential Alternative Treatment Program and Factors Associated with Enrollment.

 

Ivan, J. (2018) The Impact of the Presidential Alternative Treatment Program on Health Services for PLHIV and HIV Policy in The Gambia.