16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign (November 25 – December)


The year 2015 marks the 24th year of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, initiated in 1991 and coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. Participation in the Campaign has seen over 5,478 organizations, policymakers, governments, UN agencies and countless individuals from over 180 countries worldwide. Together we have brought attention to issues of racism, sexism, cultures of violence, homophobia and called for the implementation of human rights obligations, including the right to health and reproductive rights, and end to militarism and gender-based violence, among others. The strength and longevity of the Campaign is due to these thousands of participants like you. (more…)


Jigawa State Government Commits Resources to Sustain Gains in HIV/AIDS Response


In November 2015, Jigawa State Government took a giant step forward towards sustaining support to the HIV/AIDS response in the state. In a remarkable turn of events, the state government through the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Abba Umar announced to an FHI 360 contingent led by the Chief of Party of the Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project that the State Governor has approved the inclusion of all expenses in the sustainability roadmap in the annual state budget for 2016. He reiterated plans by his office to solicit private sector participation for the provision of affordable laboratory services, particularly for HIV positive clients. (more…)




Family Health International (FHI 360) has for over ten years sustained support to the HIV/AIDS response in Kano State with resources from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As part of routine technical assistance to the health sector driven HIV response, FHI 360 technical teams undertake routine mentoring and supervisory visits to state wide facilities receiving support under USAID funded Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project. It was on one such visits to Hasiya Bayero Pediatric Hospital (HBPH), a SIDHAS supported facility that the team met Zainab, the captivating mother of two. Her story touched the core of their being as she opened up and shared her story with the team. She recounts…” One of the most painful parts of being diagnosed with HIV is having no one to talk to about it. You could actually feel life leaving you and there’s nothing you can do about it.”   (more…)


Assessment of HIV/AIDS Services in IDP Camps in Borno state

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The ongoing insurgency in the North East is the single most important threat to health care services across the region. The insurgency has claimed an estimated 20,000 lives (newspaper figures) with a record 3.3 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria (IDMC “Global view 2014 report”). This continues to be a great barrier to health care services. (more…)