Primary health care is geared towards preventing, promoting and providing quality health services to individuals and families at the community level. The health sector reform and the revitalization of the Primary Health Care Board [PHCB] by the Lagos State government led to the establishment of the Directorate of Pharmaceutical services, which is pivotal to ensuring improved health care through more efficient provision of pharmaceutical care in primary health care facilities [PHCs].
The USAID funded SIDHAS project through its consortium partner, Howard University, Pharmacy and continuing Education [HU PACE] has been supporting the PHCB in ten SIDHAS supported local government areas in Lagos state. This is to ensure adherence to standard pharmacy best practices and provision of quality pharmaceutical care in the facilities. By training and providing ongoing technical assistance to LGA Pharmacists engaged and deployed by the board to oversee pharmacy services in these LGAs, HU PACE has immensely supported the board through the LGA pharmacists to ensure quality onsite capacity building, monitoring and supervision of facility pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy assistants and volunteers.READ MORE
Ms. Diana, (real name concealed to protect identity of client) a young woman and trader hails from a rural community in Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa State. Her family has been devastated since the loss of her husband to AIDS. Diana and her two year old son are also HIV positive. After her husband’s death, she was left with no hope of survival; but that was before she met the USAID funded SIDHAS project team who were on one of their targeted service activation visit to one of the facilities in her community. This encounter was to mark a turning point in her life.READ MORE
When David Bassey Ikpeme (DBI) Foundation was engaged as an implementing partner under the USAID funded SIDHAS project in Rivers State, the opportunities appeared endless. As the days turned to weeks and weeks turned to months, the organizational capacity of DBI across the three major domains – technical, financial and programmatic was put to test. The enthusiasm of the organization to make a difference in the lives of the communities they supported could not be realized using their organizational capabilities at the time. (more…)READ MORE
The fight to eliminate Mother-to-Child-Transmission (MTCT) of HIV in Nigeria is receiving both national and global attention. This is because Nigeria contributes 30% to the global MTCT burden. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, “…10 percent of all new HIV infections are as a result of MTCT.” Of the 281,180 new infections discovered in 2012, 154,920 were children. Prevention-of-Mother-to-Child-Transmission (PMTCT) thus remains the panacea for assuring a HIV/AIDS free existence for the next generation.
As part of the strategy to advance more focused PMTCT interventions, the Government of Nigeria in 2013 identified 12+1 states that contribute about 70% of the HIV disease burden and came up with targeted strategies for the elimination of mother to child transmission by 90% by 2015. Of the 12+1 states, 8 fell within FHI 360 purview under the USAID funded Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project, namely Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Kano, Lagos, and Rivers, states.
In 2013, FHI 360 with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) collaborated with the respective state governments to conduct rapid assessments of health facilities in the 8 SIDHAS-supported states. FHI 360’s SIDHAS project led the process in 6 states, and partnered with the United States Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) funded AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN) and Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) projects to conduct the assessments in Lagos and Kano states respectively. Up to 4,176 public and private health facilities providing antenatal care (ANC) services in the 8 states were assessed. The assessment aimed at identifying PMTCT service coverage gaps with a view to prioritizing ANC sites for activation of PMTCT services.READ MORE