HIV/AIDS Intervention

Action Plus Up

AIDS Care and Treatment in Nigeria (ACTION) is a CDC Nigeria (PEPFAR) funded project of the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN). It started in 2004 as a five year project, with a one year extension from 2010 t0 2011. It was changed to the ACTIONPLUS project in 2011; this was a one year grant which expired in 2012. However, in 2012 it was upgraded to the ACTIONPLUS UP project which is a five-year CDC funded PEPFAR grant (2012-2017). The project implements public health intervention programs on HIV/AIDS care, treatment and prevention intervention, providing services free of charge at public/government owned health facilities. EHAI has been implemented the ACTION Plus Up project since the Country Operational Plan (COP) year ’13 which started in October 2012 in Ondo and Ekiti States (Southwest Nigeria). For the successful implementation and smooth running of the project, EHAI engaged all relevant stakeholders in the states of operation. These stakeholders include the State Hospitals Management Boards (HMB), Primary Health Care Boards (PHCB) as well as Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

The Action to Control HIV Epidemic through Evidence (ACHIEVE)

This is a CDC Nigeria funded project of The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) under the PEPFAR 3 program. EHAI currently is a sub-recipient of IHVN implementing the ACHIEVE project in 3 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nasarawa State and Kwali LGA of the FCT. Under the ACHIEVE project, EHAI provides technical and programmatic support to pre-identified health facilities within these LGAs to ensure they provide HIV services of the highest quality to their clients. The project is offering HIV prevention, care and treatment services to Adults and Paediatrics clients, Pregnant Women (PMTCT), Key Population and Vulnerable Children. Sustain patients on ART and support a minimal increase through passive enrolment on ART.

Through these projects. EHAI has achieved the following:

  • Over 900,000 Adults and Children provided with HIV Testing Services (HTS)
  • Over 239,000 Pregnant women provided with Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV Services
  • Over 31,000 Adults and Children placed on life saving Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)
  • Clinical screening for Tuberculosis provided for over 25,000 Adults and Children

EHAI’s implementation of APU and ACHIEVE projects reiterate the organization’s commitments towards achieving:

  • Target 3.1 of SDG 3 which is to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.
  • Target 3.2 of SDG3 which is to end preventable deaths of new-borns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births by 2030.
  • Target 3.3 of SDG 3 which is to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases by 2030.

Lagos State Correctional Facility Health Intervention Project (In partnership with WELEAD NETWORK)

The dire need for a corrective home for delinquent children was first identified and considered during the colonial era and was actualized in Lagos with the establishment of a remand home in 1942 which was then located on Lagos Island. The home has moved twice since 1942, initially to
Sabo, Yaba and subsequently to Oregun in 1976 where it is currently situated and managed by the Social Welfare Department of the Lagos State Government. The centre hitherto called a “Remand Home” until 2007 when the Lagos State Government adopted the Child Rights Act and
changed the name from “Remand Home” to “Special Correctional Centre”.

When the Lagos State Government discovered that the children in the facility lacked good academic performance during and after being re-integrated back into the society, teachers from State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) were deployed to start a formal school and give proper education to the children on the 8th of March 2011. This was to ensure that they were able to read, write and be useful to themselves and the society as well as proper reintegration at the end of their stay at the centre.

The centre also has vocational training facilities for various vocations including Fashion design, Carpentry, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology etc. for the wards that have a preferential affinity for any of such vocations.

The centre, which has a 160-bed capacity to accommodate 160 boys, is currently fully occupied with exactly 160 boys residing and schooling there.

EHAI and WELEAD carried out a joint comprehensive assessment of the Health Clinic at the centre on the 3 rd of October 2018. The assessment exercise was carried out to have comprehensive baseline information on the condition of the health facilities and identifies gaps in provision of
quality health care services.

In line with this, EHAI has facilitated FIDSON pharmaceutical company’s donation of medication to the correctional centre’s health bay. EHAI will monitor dispensation and administration.