Nigeria: Our Impact

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.

Dr. Paul Waibale. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Nigeria is sub-Saharan Africa's most populous country, with an estimated 130-140 million inhabitants according to the World Health Organization. Most people (52 percent) live in rural areas, although a substantial portion (27 percent) lives in cities with populations greater than 100,000.Among the most daunting of Nigeria's public health issues is HIV & AIDS.

A proposal writing workshop participant. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

The KAN Development Foundation is one of 31 community service organizations (CSOs) that participated in capacity building workshops organized by the US Agency for International Development-funded Community-Based Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria (CUBS) project in 2010. Twenty-two of the CSOs participated in a proposal writing workshop and nine participated in an organizational development workshop, both facilitated by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and CUBS technical advisors.

Clients relaxing in the Children's Room. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

A children’s playroom at the Children’s Specialist Hospital in Ilorin, Nigeria, is having tremendous success at attracting HIV+ mothers and children, increasing the numbers of adult and pediatric patients enrolled into care and treatment. The playroom is the result of a collaborative partnership between the USAID-funded Prevention Organizational Systems AIDS Care and Treatment project (ProACT), a project led by Management Sciences for Health; the Kwara State Government of Nigeria; and local non-governmental organization the Well-Being Foundation.

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.