The scale of tuberculosis burden in Nigeria is rapidly growing beyond the scope of available health infrastructure for the care and treatment of diagnosed cases. This is a pointer that TB care and control requires concerted efforts beyond the confines of health facilities. This is particularly relevant in the context of the growing cases of DR-TB drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) and TB/HIV co-infection in the country. In line with the National Stra¬tegic Health Development Plan, community participation and ownership in health was identified as one of the eight priority areas for the improvement of the Nigerian health system. Additionally, Nigeria is described as a collectivist society, with most expanded families and friends committed to the health and wellbeing of family members. This is the foundation upon which community based DR-TB care (CTBC) was developed in Nigeria. Immediate implementation was however, challenged by the non-availability of a CTBC national guideline. (more…)READ MORE
VOA’s health correspondent Linord Moudou talks to Dr. Robert Chiegil, Deputy Country Director for FHI 360, in Nigeria, about reducing the impact of HIV and TB in Nigeria and other countries.READ MORE
My name is Aisha and I am one of the many residents of Sumaila town in Kano State whose life has been directly impacted by the USAID funded SIDHAS project. I am 25 years old and I pride myself on my industrious nature and independence which has greatly helped me survive economic hardship. My husband is a commercial motorcyclist who does his business in the suburbs of the Federal Capital Territory. (more…)READ MORE
I have often said that one of the most devastating sights one could ever behold is that of an infant suffering and dying from HIV and AIDS. Even more devastating is that we all know that this is almost entirely avoidable. All that is required is that a pregnant woman goes to a health facility where she could be diagnosed and placed on anti-retroviral drugs to prevent transmission to her baby.
Yet as basic as this may sound, while in many countries HIV infection in children is practically being eliminated, many Nigerian babies suffer from HIV because their mothers could not access the health care they needed. At the end of 2011, maternal HIV testing and counseling (HTC) coverage was 14% and ARV prophylaxis was given to 8% of HIV-positive pregnant women for PMTCT. As a result, more than half of the 281,180 new infections that occurred in 2011 were in children (154,920). (more…)READ MORE