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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-cantered, 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. In 2019, AHF Nigeria moves into its 7th state of operation – Akwa Ibom. Akwa Ibom is one of the highest burdened state from the recent Nigeria National HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS).
To date, AHF Nigeria has conducted over 2, 007, 830 million HIV tests, distributed over 8, 026, 259 million condoms and awarded financial support to its partners through the AHF GRANT FUND – about $362,937 has been awarded in grants to successful CSOs and CBOs since 2012 in Nigeria.
Across the 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 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 one of the largest HIV epidemic in the world, although HIV prevalence among adults is lower (1.4%) compared to other sub-Saharan African countries such as South Africa (20.4%) and Zambia (11.3%). However, the size of Nigeria’s population translates to 1.9 million people living with HIV in 2018. Together with South Africa and Uganda, the countries accounts for around half of all new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa every year.
In 2016, 240,000 adolescents (between the ages of 10-19) were living with HIV. Approximately 150,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in Nigeria in 2017 while, 220,000 children (0 to 14 years) in Nigeria were living with HIV. UNICEF estimates 240,000 adolescents (between the ages of 10-19) were living with HIV in 2016.
Nigeria ranks 122nd of 144 in ‘gender gap’, which indicates it is has one of the most power imbalances between men and women in the world. Gender power imbalances refers to the inability of women to negotiate safe sex, select their own sexual partner and make informed reproductive health decisions, all of which put them at greater risk of HIV.
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