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Joining Hands with FHI 360 to draw cART into MBO Local Government Area: The Story of Sam Effiong

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Akwa Ibom state has the second highest HIV prevalence rate amongst pregnant women in the country, out of which only 7% of HIV positive pregnant women received anti-retrovirals (ARVs) for prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) in 2012 and a treatment coverage of 40.7% (PCRP 2012) demonstrating large gaps in reaching those in need of treatment. Mbo local government area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom state with a HIV positivity rate of about 10.4% is one of the LGAs selected for the roll out of an innovative and strategic intervention tagged “community anti-retroviral therapy (cART)” which aims at increasing access to comprehensive HIV services through optimizing service delivery efficiencies and deploying additional facility/community based interventions prioritized for highest burdened communities. The cART strategy is implemented within the Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). (more…)

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Caring Hands: Nurses as the Backbone of Multi – Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Management

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Drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is TB disease caused by M. tuberculosis organisms that are resistant to at least one first-line anti-TB drug. Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB) is resistant to more than one anti-TB drug and at least isoniazid (INH) and rifampin (RIF). Treating and curing drug-resistant TB is complicated. Inappropriate management can have life-threatening results. No one knows this better than “Mma Modey” as she is fondly called – the MDR-TB ward charge of Dr. Lawrence Henshaw Memorial Hospital (DLHMH), one of the foremost treatment centers established with funding support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). (more…)

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Women as agents of change in DR-TB management

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“Nothing makes me happier than to see people live healthier lives by simply adhering to the instructions that I give them in the clinic. I am a community health worker and I love my job. I consider it the most rewarding job any human being can wish for because it’s an opportunity to serve the underprivileged”.

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A PROMISE KEPT: THE SUN RISES IN ANAMBRA STATE “LIGHT OF THE NATION”

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Anambra State – “Light of the Nation”, is located in South-East Nigeria. The State is bounded by Delta State to the west, Imo State to the south, Enugu State to the east and Kogi State to the north. Anambra State has one of the highest population densities in Africa. The 2012 population projections estimates that there are about 249,206 pregnant women in the state (RHFA 2013). The state has the highest HIV prevalence in the South East region (8.7%), the fourth highest in the country, with about 20,328 pregnant women infected with the virus (2010 Sentinel Survey). Approximately one-third of pregnancies in HIV infected women will culminate in HIV transmission to the baby without effective “Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)” of HIV/AIDS interventions. Based on its high prevalence, Anambra State was identified as one of the 12+1 states that contribute 70% of Nigeria’s “mother to child transmission (MTCT)” burden. In 2013, the 12+1 states were earmarked by the Government of Nigeria for phase 1 of Nigeria’s PMTCT scale-up efforts towards elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (eMTCT). (more…)

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