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

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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…)

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The Rays of RANA Reaches Uncharted Territories: The Story of Attahiru Kyanbarawa

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For Kyanbarawa community in Zamfara state, educating their children still remains a daunting task. Their main occupation is trading as the community is only a few kilometers from the popular Kasuwar-Daji market, a major market visited by local and international traders. Though, the community boast of a public primary school in the community, for the purpose of providing the much needed basic education for their children. But, worrisome is the quality of learning at the school. The pupils enrolled showed a consistent inability to read grade appropriate texts, even in the higher primary classes. (more…)

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Homelessness spurs HIV epidemic in teenagers: Controlling the epidemic in Rivers State

Figure1. An interview session with Janet in PortHarcourt

On Thursday, August 11, 2016, I sought to meet teenagers whose lives have been impacted positively by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project was quick to take me to two of their clients.  Cletus and Janet (not real names) are both teenagers, living with HIV in Port Harcourt Local Government Area of Rivers State. (more…)

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Viral load analysis, a motivation for antiretroviral therapy adherence and retention in Cross River State: A qualitative perspective

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Globally, 7,000 young women are infected with HIV each week. It is against this background that this article aims to highlight the third ‘90’ in addressing the 90.90.90 target in the geographic areas with highest HIV prevalence in Cross River State. Special focus is dedicated to a HIV positive, young widow of three children, in Calabar. The deliberate focus on a young widow was made to highlight human right and gender equality in HIV services. It was also aimed at efforts towards ending stigma and discrimination against young widows, the most vulnerable in the Nigerian society. (more…)

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