Nigeria: Our Impact

In August, 16 civil society organizations in Nigeria received over $150,000 USD (Nigerian Naira 27 million) from the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID to improve and expand service delivery to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

His Royal Highness Alhaji Abubakar Salihu Bawuru (Sarkin Ibi) of the Ibi Community, Taraba State, Nigeria, is on the forefront of the drive to help his people appreciate and embrace HIV intervention programs in their community as part of a healthier lifestyle. He says, "community participation holds the key to national response."Sarkin Ibi's support of MSH's USAID-funded Prevention Organizational AIDS Care and Treatment (ProACT) project has catalyzed the community's response to HIV & AIDS interventions in the Ibi community.

A Fellow sensitizing Community leaders on role of men in PMTCTIn Nigeria – 135 men and women are now energized with a personal commitment to have a health impact on their colleagues, workplaces, and communities. These individuals are taking part in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Health Professionals Fellowship Program. The participants are trained in a unique eight-week program which began in 2008 under the Leadership, Management and Sustainability (LMS) Capacity Building Project and is designed and managed by Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, Dr. Paul Waibale, the Project Director for the MSH project Prevention and Organizational Systems—AIDS Care and Treatment (ProACT) in Nigeria, presented at a Congressional Briefing, co-sponsored by Congresswoman Gwen Moore, entitled “Is Health Systems Strengthening the Answer to Improving Maternal Health?” The presentation was attended by over 60 people. Dr. Waibale drew on his experiences in Nigeria with HIV & AIDS, stating that it is strengthening of health and linked systems for health service delivery that is the answer.

MSH recently started a five-year project for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Nigeria through the Community-based Support for OVC in Nigeria (CUBS) project. Funded by the President’s Fund for Emergency Relief through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the project plans to reach 50,000 OVC and 12,500 caregivers in 11 Nigerian states through a variety of community-based and family-centered service delivery approaches that will support the implementation of Nigeria’s National Plan of Action on OVC. According to CUBS Chief of Party, Dr.

Some of the 700 participants of the male involvement program in Kebbi state, Nigeria. Photo Credit: MSH StaffOn October 20, 2009, 700 men attended a town hall meeting in the Argungu emirate in Kebbi state, hosted by MSH and the United States Agency for International Development, to discuss the vital role of men in maternal and child health in order to promote HIV & AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services in northwestern Nigeria.

 MSH was recently awarded a $60 million five-year follow-on project to the USAID-funded LMS-AIDS Care and Treatment (LMS-ACT) project. Under LMS-ACT (2007-2009), MSH has been assisting the government of Nigeria to take leadership of Nigeria’s HIV & AIDS response at both the federal and state levels, working with the Nigerian government to build the capacity of government health systems, improve health workers’ skills, and take full ownership of providing staff and resources for improved delivery, quality, and sustainability of HIV/AIDS/TB care.

When Mustafa (his name has been changed to protect his privacy) came to the hospital to support his HIV-positive sister, Community Care Specialist Callista Ike had no idea that two months later he would be helping to triple HIV counseling and testing rates at his regional hospital in Taraba State, Nigeria. Counseling and testing are vital to stemming the HIV & AIDS epidemic.

In just a few months, Christianah Temidayo Akerejola—known familiarly as Auntie D—saw the average number of people receiving HIV counseling and testing in her hospitals increase from an average of 10 per day to nearly 100 per day after participating in a Health Professionals’ Fellowship Program sponsored by USAID/Nigeria and designed and managed by MSH’s Nigeria Capacity Building Project under the Leadership, Management, and Sustainability (LMS) Program. Counseling and testing are vital to stemming the HIV & AIDS epidemic.

As Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria is also encumbered by a proportionately large malaria problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 150 million cases of malaria occurred in Nigeria in 2006, most severely affecting young children and pregnant women. The Federal and State Ministries of Health are building malaria control capabilities in understaffed, poorly supplied facilities but still fall far short of meeting people’s needs.

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