The challenges of working in a fragile state: Northeast Nigeria (audio)


The ongoing insurgency in northeast Nigeria is the single most important threat to health care services across the region. Delivering critical HIV/AIDS services to this area is a priority for FHI 360’s Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project, funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. In this audio interview, SIDHAS Deputy Chief of Party for Management, Ms. Ola Ogunnusi, interviews two State Program Managers who operate in northeast Nigeria: Mr. Murtala Umar from Adamawa and Mr. Mansa Adamu from Borno. They describe the challenges of working in a conflict area where the health care infrastructure and facilities are lacking.


Local initiative in Nigeria shows promise for sustainable literacy growth


Literacy development in Nigeria is starkly uneven, with northern states lagging far behind the rest of the country. According to the 2010 Nigeria Education Data Survey, only about 14 percent of children in the northwest region can read a complete sentence, while that number jumps to almost 63 percent in the southwest. Similar regional gaps exist in school attendance, perceived teacher effectiveness, exposure to print media and parental involvement.



ONE RIGHT MOVE IS ALL IT TAKES – The Akwa Ibom Experience



The provision of Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) in Akwa Ibom is mainly offered in secondary facilities with physicians providing ART management to clients. However, the paucity of physicians as well as skewed distribution of healthcare workers toward urban areas resulted in rural areas being undeserved. (more…)


A Timely Blessing: Economic Strengthening for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Akwa Ibom State


The HIV/AIDS epidemic has taken a great toll on the lives of Nigerians. With 174,253 AIDS- related deaths recorded in 2014[i] alone, Nigeria’s estimated 17.5 million[ii] orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) as a result of HIV/AIDS are among the largest in the world. Often lacking parental support due to the loss of one or both parents to AIDS, OVC are susceptible to abuse, discrimination and violence. This susceptibility in turn increases their overall social and economic vulnerability. (more…)