Fellow Since 2000
AAS - Association African Solidarite
This profile was prepared when Issoufou Tiendrebeogo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Issoufou has created a mutual cooperative to bridge the gap between Western medical advances and Burkinabe with Aids. His organization, Association African Solidarité (AAS), has created a network of doctors, individuals, and medical institutions in Europe and North America that supplies Burkinabe with anti-retroviral drugs that would otherwise be destroyed. The drugs are distributed at affordable prices through the mutual cooperative, the first of its kind, which gives poor people access to treatments that are usually available only to the rich. The cooperative will eventually grow to include the non-HIV-infected population and will move towards becoming a private insurance plan.