YAPO FEATURE STORY

By DonaldMoon

Cyriaque Yapo Ako, who was a pioneer in HIV response in Cote d’Ivoire as well as in Africa in general,

  • UNAIDS is saddened at the passing of Cyriaque Yapo Ako
  • By Brigitte Quenum, UNAIDS Country Director for Cote d’Ivoire

He was a founding member of Ruban rouge CI in 1994 and he has never stopped advocating the importance of the community in the HIV response. He was the Executive Director of RIP+ during the 2000s. After that, he contributed his expertise to many organizations including the kakalot International Treatment Preparedness Coalition and African Men for Sexual Health and Rights.

He was a founding member and advocate of Arc-en-Ciel, which was the first nongovernmental organization for gay men. This was in response to the AIDS response in Cote d’Ivoire in 2003. In this country, yapo gay men and other men who sex in public with men were often subject to discrimination, stigmatization, and violence.

His dynamism, activism spirit and passion allowed him to stand up for the most vulnerable and neglected in the AIDS response.

He was the representative for HIV-positive people and sexual minorities from 2004 to 2009. His significant contribution to the defense of people-centred HIV responses to the development of HIV applications to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis yapo , Malaria and HIV applications to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS and Tuberculosis, was significant.

Participation in international conferences was a key factor in the advocacy for the rights and interests of HIV-positive people, as well as the rights of other key populations. His positions were defended by his participation in international conferences such as the 2008 International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), which was held in Dakar, Senegal in 2008, ICASA 2011, Addis Ababa Ethiopia, ICASA 2013, Cape Town, South Africa and the 2016 International AIDS Society Conference in Durban. He also made oral presentations and gave statements.

All those involved in the AIDS response are deeply saddened by his passing, particularly those who work to protect the most vulnerable.

  • Many of us considered him a friend, brother, and colleague.
  • His soul may rest in peace.

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Chilean accent

It is spoken in a fastidious dialect that is widely used in Chile. People here seem to take deep breaths and squeeze out as many words as they can in one breath. I was also a bit confused by the fact that some people ‘eat’ certain consonants. For example, “pescado”, which is fish, is pronounced here as “pescao” and “helado”, which is ice cream. In Chile, “elao” is pronounced “elao”, in Spanish “elado”. The final’s” in plural words is also being eaten. It can be difficult for someone not fluent in Spanish to understand and follow the entire conversation. This will hopefully help you understand what they are saying when you talk to them.

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