Nigeria: Our Impact

John Tiva Joseph. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

USAID-funded PEPFAR Health Professionals Fellow and laboratory scientist, John Tiva Joseph, returned home from his training determined to improve HIV diagnostic services at his laboratory. Joseph shared what he learned as a PEPFAR Fellow with his antiretroviral therapy (ART) team at General Hospital, Michika, in Adamawa State, Nigeria.

Dr. Catherine Mundy.Dr. Catherine Mundy.

Laboratory services are a necessary but sometimes neglected element of a strong health system. From disease control and surveillance to patient diagnosis and care, laboratories are central to public health. Where laboratory services, policies or strategy are lacking, a comprehensive systems approach can improve a nation's infrastructure and capacity to manage and finance laboratory systems.MSH spoke with Dr.

Ekundayo Aigbomian, Associate Director of Community HIV Services and Gender for ProACT. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

The Prevention and Organizational Systems – AIDS Care and Treatment project (ProACT Nigeria) is a five-year, USAID-funded, MSH-led project that began in 2009. ProACT supports HIV & AIDS services in six Nigerian states by building the capacity of government and civil society to strengthen the health system as a whole.

Join Dr Muhammad Ali Pate, the Honorable Minister of State for Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria, as he shares the Nigerian Government's approach to address some of the key health issues in his country.Where: Africare,440 R Street, NW Washington, DC 20001When: Wednesday September 21, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM ESTRegisterNigeria has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world.  The Nigerian Government has been focusing on addressing these issues, and is building on the recent successes with the polio program and innovative approaches to extending health care t

When a parent dies from AIDS, the children left behind often suffer not only the loss of a loved one, but also the loss of financial support, making daily survival a challenge and education a dream. USAID’s Community Based Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CUBS) Project, led by MSH and Africare, is providing assistance to the communities that support these children in 11 Nigerian states.

When parents suffer from mental illness, they often neglect or otherwise abuse their children and it is difficult for family or community members to intervene. USAID’s Community Based Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CUBS) Project, led by MSH and Africare, is providing assistance to the communities that support these children in 11 Nigerian states. In Rivers State, the CUBS project assists the David Bassey Ikpeme Foundation, a community organization, in identifying and supporting orphans and vulnerable children.

Key stakeholders from international and national organizations, contributed to the design of new projects to address the needs of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and other vulnerable populations in Nigeria at a round table event last year.Local non-government organizations shared challenges, successes, and lessons learned they have had in implementing HIV interventions at all levels with their peers, donors, and colleagues.On 5 May 2010, MSH's President and CEO, Jonathan D.Quick, MD, MPH hosted the event. Participants included MSH Country Director, Dr.

Two websites supported by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) have increased usage and reach as of March 2011. These tools are important HIV resources for the global health community to help build capacity and share best practices.

Donation of Supplies for General Hospital in Nigeria. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Samuel Onuh, a young medical doctor serving with Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at a rural outpost in Kwara State, recently proved that one determined person can move mountains. Shortly after his arrival at General Hospital Omu Aran, in July, 2010, he watched a child who needed respiratory support due to the absence of a functioning Ambu resuscitator bag in the hospital.

Pro-ACT-supported laboratory in Nigeria. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

The sudden rapid scale up of HIV & AIDS service delivery in Nigeria has led to the strengthening of HIV-related laboratories, instead of the general laboratory health systems. It is not uncommon to see a newly constructed, well-staffed HIV laboratory side-by-side with a crumbling general laboratory.The HIV laboratories have better human and material resources, and enhanced working conditions compared to the existing general laboratories.

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