AHF Nigeria has a national commitment to scale up access to HIV services by providing free quality antiretroviral therapy, TB/HIV co-infection management, treatment of STIs/OIs and care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS. 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. This is part of AHF Nigeria’s contribution to the country’s HIV/AIDS response and to promote quality service delivery.
AHF Nigeria supports the Federal Ministry of Health’s HIV/AIDS response to reduce the incidence of new infections, through increased access to free testing, condom promotion and distribution. As part of its condom distribution exercise, AHF Nigeria installs condom dispensers at strategic locations and hotspots and is also responsible for the refilling of these dispensers. This initiative brings condoms closer to the populace and emphasizes the importance of consistent and correct condom use.
In 2015, AHF Nigeria attempted the Guinness World Record Testing event in Benue state and a total of 7,934 people were tested within eight hours. In 2016, the program hit an impressive milestone of reaching 1 million Nigerians with HIV testing services (HTS).
AHF Nigeria lends financial and technical assistance to 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 level, through community mobilization and engagement. AHF Nigeria has built a strong reputation in the country in the area of advocacy and policy. Furthermore, AHF Nigeria actively participates in key technical working groups and partners forum in the country. In 2016, AHF Nigeria in partnership with UNAIDS and NACA launched the simplified version of the 2014 HIV/AIDS anti-discrimination law, to aid understanding and application for the general populace. Working closely with civil society organizations and partners, AHF initiated the Fund the Fund campaign – which calls for increased funding to the Global Fund, World Bank Middle Income Classification campaign and its impact on donor funding, and GIRLS ACT initiative – a multi-institutional drive targeting young women and girls aged 15-24.
AHF Nigeria supports organizations through the provision of grants. Some beneficiaries have received up to $24,000 for community HIV/AIDS and empowerment programs. AHF Nigeria boasts of a team of passionate and vibrant individuals who jointly deliver on AHF’s mission in the country.
In 2011, AHF Nigeria began operations in the nation’s capital, Abuja (which serves as the Country Office), Benue and Kogi State with the aim of bringing cutting edge medical and advocacy services closer to people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. Today, AHF Nigeria supports 24 comprehensive sites and 38 outposts.
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 over 1.4. Million of them require Antiretroviral (ARV). Furthermore, PMTCT coverage is still low at 30%, and general population of those tested is less than 40%.
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