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Table 1 Descriptions of NGOs selected for the study

From: NGO-provided free HIV treatment and services in Burkina Faso: scarcity, therapeutic rationality and unfair process

Community organizations with ARV prescription and patient management centres*
ORGANIZATION CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES PLWHA IN TREATMENT BEING FOLLOWED
Association 1 One of the first to implement a large-scale ARV treatment program. Very influential at the national level and member of several international networks. 2692 969
Association 2 One of the first associations of people living with HIV and claiming this status. Member of several international networks. 1075 273
Association 3 Association consisting mostly of women living with HIV. One of the first and largest associations of women. Very influential at the national level and in certain international arenas. 1947 856
Association 4 Association of women living with HIV. Groups of beneficiaries of a program to fight AIDS. Transformation of a self-support group into an association for treating patients. 605 284
Community organizations providing support services for patients on ARV**
ORGANIZATION CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES PLWHA IN TREATMENT BEING FOLLOWED
Association 5 Association of youth. A prevention-focused organization that has evolved into an organization providing support services to patients. 1486 308
Association 6 A prevention-focused organization that has evolved into an organization providing support services to patients. Operates in the areas of community development and poverty alleviation. 816 406
Association 7 Relatively young (2004) association of people living with HIV that provides support services to its members. 246 205
Association 8 Relatively young (2005) association of people living with HIV whose members were militant for a long time in other associations. Influential at the national level and member of several international networks. 550 550
Association 9 Self-help and solidarity association that carries out development activities and that has incorporated the fight against AIDS into its activities for the past 10 years. Member of an international network. 540 159
Coordinating structures
ORGANIZATION CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES ACTIVE FILE PLWHA IN TREATMENT BEING FOLLOWED
Coordination 1 Coordinating structure for five NGOs involved in the screening council. N/A N/A
Coordination 2 Coordinating structure for eight NGOs involved in ARV distribution. N/A N/A
ARV distribution program One of the largest ART funding programs in Burkina Faso. N/A N/A
  1. * These organizations have treatment centres that serve as medical centres authorized to prescribe ARVs
  2. ** These organizations manage patients on ART and receive their ARVs from a coordinating structure