The CDC Aspire project is a five-year project funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
EHAI as a sub-partner to the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria implements the ASPIRE Project in 14 health facilities in 3 LGAs (Nasarawa Eggon, Wamba, and Akwanga ) in Nasarawa state and 2 facilities in Kwali LGA in FCT.
The CDC Aspire project aims to sustain the precision and integrated HIV response towards epidemic control in Nigeria. The project is specifically focused on strengthening laboratory capacity, improving HIV testing and treatment services, and providing care and support to people living with HIV.
In the last quarter (July to September 2023) some of the activities carried out were: Joint mentoring and supervision with the IHVN team at two of our supported health facilities (GH Nasarawa Eggon and GH Akwanga). The main aim of the visit was to sensitize the project team and health workers on ongoing activities in the State to ensure Program Integration and sustainability as well as to administer a checklist developed to assess the level of HIV program integration into the health system of the facilities. The checklist was also administered by the EHAI team at the other 12 facilities in Nasarawa State and meetings were held in which presentations were done in six of the health facilities to sensitize them on Program Integration and sustainability.
Other major activities were Data quality assessment in three health facilities (Our Lady of Apostles Hospital Akwanga, GH Wamba, and GH Akwanga) to ascertain the quality of data that was reported in Quarter 3 and capacity building for healthcare workers on Sexual and reproductive health in four healthcare facilities.