In 1986 the first HIV/AIDS case was reported in Nigeria, thereby establishing an existence of the epidemic in the most populous Country in Africa. Since the discovery in 1986, Nigeria has been grappling with reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing antiretroviral therapy (ART), and support for people living with HIV in the Country. Although some progress have been made over the years in reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and placing more people on life saving medication, the staggering statistics of HIV in the country, begs for more to be done.
Nigeria carries the second heaviest burden of HIV in Africa, and has the second largest population of people living with HIV in the world after South Africa. An estimated 3.4 million people are living with HIV; and about 1.4 million HIV positive people need Antiretroviral (ARV). Furthermore Nigeria accounts for 21% of new infections in children globally; 32% of global gaps in Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Mother-To-Child Transmission (MTCT) now accounts for 10% of new infections. Since the emergence of the disease in Nigeria, an estimated 2.5 million children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
AHF in Nigeria
In August 2011 AHF partnered with the Federal Ministry of Health to open the Foundation for AIDS Care, Prevention and Advocacy in Nigeria (popularly known as AHF Nigeria). The organization began operation in the Nation’s capital, Abuja (which serves as the Country Office) and two other States with the aim of bringing cutting edge medical and advocacy services closer to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Country.
Since its inception, AHF Nigeria has established strong presence in three states namely: FCT, Kogi and Benue, from where it provides topnotch comprehensive, treatment, care and prevention services free of charge. AHF Nigeria currently has four clinical sites and four outposts, which gives PLHIV in hard to reach communities access to life saving medicines.
AHF Nigeria lends financial and technical support to some Community based organizations (CBOs) in the Country and works closely with them to reduce the spread of the disease, provide treatment services and increase awareness at grass root levels, through community mobilization and engagement.
- Population : 162,265,000 million
- People living with HIV : 3.4 million
- People receiving ART’s : 395,569 (Nigeria Global AIDS Response Report, 2012)
- Location: Abuja, Benue , Kogi States
- Treatment Sites : 4
- Outposts: 7 (FSP Daudu, CHC Unzuughul, CHC Agasha, Aioga, Ejuku, Oranre, and Iyara).
- Patients in Care: 1,769
- Patients receiving ART : 2,664
Statistics from UNAIDS.org, 2012, unless otherwise stated.
AHF Services in Nigeria
Increasing Access to Treatment: AHF Nigeria has a national commitment to scaling up access to HIV services by providing free quality antiretroviral therapy and care to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Prevention: AHF supports the Federal Ministry of Health’s HIV/AIDS response to reduce the incidence of new infections, through increased access to free HCT (HIV Counseling and Testing) services and Condoms. As part of its condom distribution exercise, AHF Nigeria installs condom dispensers at strategic locations and is also responsible for the refilling of these dispensers. This initiative brings condoms closer to the populace and emphasizes the importance of condom use as a strategic tool for reducing the spread of new infections. AHF Nigeria also carries out intense outreaches in communities to increase awareness, HCT, and link patients to care.
Advocacy: AHF is a relentless and tenacious advocate for people living positively around the world and has been at the forefront of numerous advocacy campaigns to compel governments, policy makers and NGOs to act in the interest of people living with HIV/AIDS. AHF Nigeria participated actively in the 2012 World AIDS DAY by organizing a protest march which called for increased access to treatment for PLHIV. In 2013, AHF Nigeria hosted the 2nd Treatment Access Movement (TAM) in Lagos State, to address the gaps in HIV testing and treatment in the Country. TAM is a coalition of advocates/activists drawn from various Civil Society Organizations, and is notable for its contribution to the declaration free HIV treatment in Nigeria. In July 2013 AHF Nigeria organized a symposium and an advocacy walk as part of the Abuja +12 summit, Civil Society side events; demanding for increased domestic and Country ownership. Both events had delegates from various African Countries in attendance.
AHF Nigeria boasts of a passionate and vibrant team who jointly with the rest of AHF family worldwide, provide treatment and care to people living with HIV/AIDS on a daily basis.
FCT Abuja: AHF Clinic
6 Odeina close, off Aminu Kano Crescent,
Wuse 2, Abuja
Benue: Gbajimba; General Hospital Gbajimba,
Guma LGA, 40 km from North Bank, Makurdi
Benue: Otukpo; AHF Otukpo Clinic
13 Agbo Ogah Avenue, Beside St Annes cath chaplaincy,
Kogi: Isanlu; General Hospital Isanlu,
Yagba East LGA
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