AHF Nigeria has a national commitment to scale up access to HIV services by providing completely free quality antiretroviral therapy, TB/HIV co-infection management, treatment of STIs/OIs and care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS. In this regard, AHF Nigeria provides quality patient-centered, completely free HIV care and treatment services mainly in remote locations across the states of operation.
AHF Nigeria commenced service provision in August 2011 and now covers sixty-five (65) comprehensive and decentralized HIV clinics spread across six (6) states: Anambra, Benue, Cross River, Kogi, Nasarawa and FCT Abuja – and is extending to additional 80 sites in Abuja, Cross River, Benue and Nasarawa under the Fast Track Initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria which aims to get additional 100, 000 Nigerians on treatment.
To date, AHF Nigeria has conducted over 1.3 million HIV tests, distributed over 8 million condoms and provides financial support to its partners through the AHF GRANT FUND – over $150,000 has been awarded in grants to successful CSOs and CBOs since 2013 in Nigeria.
Across the six states of operation, infrastructural upgrade remains a consistent part of AHF presence in an effort to promote quality service delivery. In February 2017, AHF Nigeria unveiled two newly constructed facilities in Agan and Daudu communities in Benue state, in addition to renovating existing facilities in Agasha, Gbajimba and constructing a new facility in General Hospital Isanlu in Kogi state. Various degrees of renovation works have been carried out at PHC Gosa and PHC Waru in Abuja. Same for PHC Achalla in Ihialo LGA, Anambra State. In Nasarawa AHF Nigeria refurbished the General Hospital Panda, Nasarawa State and installed laboratory equipment for hematology and chemistry tests.
AHF Nigeria Unique edge
AHF champions both national and international policy advocacies on treatment, as well as global and national resource mobilization for the AIDS response, including: Fund the Fund Campaign, Drug Pricing, Stigma and Discrimination, Middle Income Classification by the World Bank, Condom Advocacy, Campaign for Young Women and Girls to have access to sanitary towels etc. These are through sustainable and innovative approaches.
AHF Nigeria Services:
AHF Nigeria offers the following services in government supported facilities and stand-alone clinics in line with Nigeria National HIV Guidelines and sustainable global best practices.
- HIV Testing Services (HTS), including Mega Testing Campaign, Targeted Prioritized Testing, Prioritized Community Symptomatic Testing (P-COST), Moonlight Testing – a model which suites HIV Key Populations (KPs); door-to-door; facility based testing and Index testing from partners tracing.
- Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART), including Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV services (eMTCT), Early Infant Diagnoses (EID)
- Care and Support to PLHIV including: Adherence/Retention/Tracking-services, Counseling and Support, Differentiated Care Model (DCM), Girls Act and Safe Space Program, Condom Education and Distribution and use of Expert Client.
- Diagnoses and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections’ (STIs) and Opportunistic Infections’ (OIs), Tuberculosis (TB) and other HIV co-infections
- Laboratory Monitoring (continued to provide free chemistry, Hematology, serology and viral load)
- Wellness Hub, a one-stop center for youth and adolescents, women and men’s health, operational in Abuja and Benue state.
- Provide trainings to HCWs in collaboration with Government and key facility stakeholders.
Nigeria has the second largest HIV epidemic in the world, with 3.4 million people living with HIV in the country in 2014. The situation improved markedly in the past decade due increased investment in AIDS, with new HIV infections dropping from 310 000 in 2004 to 230 000 in 2014, while coverage of antiretroviral therapy increased from 13% in 2011 to 22% in 2014. By mid-2017, the number of people living with HIV on life-saving antiretroviral therapy in the country grew to more than one million.
Nigeria still has one of the highest rates of new HIV infections among children in the world. In 2016, an estimated 37 000 [22 000–56 000] children were newly infected with HIV and 24 000 [14 000–37 000) children died of AIDS-related illnesses. Around 270 000 children [180 000–380 000] children were living with HIV in 2016, and just 32% of pregnant women living with HIV had access to antiretroviral medicines to prevent transmitting the virus to their child.
UNAIDS Brief on Nigeria http://www.unaids.org/en/keywords/nigeria, *Averages, UNAIDS 2016 estimates
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