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Akwa Ibom State Vulnerable Children: A Chance for a Brighter Future

Birth registration is an essential national requirement for identification of any individual in a civil society. Many children orphaned by AIDS in Akwa Ibom state had suffered the double jeopardy of not been numbered and counted among the citizens of the land thereby disenfranchising them from their basic rights and benefits. The USAID funded SIDHAS project through a community based organization (CBO) – AIDs Care Managers, conducted an assessment for vulnerable children (VC) using the National child status index and vulnerability index tool.  Eight (8) communities (Equita, Eyo Abasi, Offi, Ube, Ediene abak, Ukpom abak, Mbierebe and Atanoffot) were assessed with about 3,000 children identified to be without formal registration and therefore no birth certificates. These findings were worrisome considering the huge numbers of children without formal identification.  Most births in these communities are done at the homes of traditional birth attendants and other non-health facilities such as homes and churches.   (more…)

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Partnering to Control Tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria: The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Multidrug-Resistant TB Lab Story

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria is one of the ten high burden countries for tuberculosis (TB) in the world[1]. In 2015 alone, there were an estimated 10.4 million new (incident) TB cases worldwide and Nigeria ranked 4th out of the six countries that accounted for 60% of these new cases. Nigeria also belongs to the top 20 high burden countries for TB/HIV co-infection and multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB), making it one of the 14 countries that have high TB, MDR-TB and TB/HIV co-infection burdens in the world[2]. (more…)

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Improving the lives and Livelihoods of PLHIV in Yala LGA of Cross River State

Stigma, discrimination and poverty are some of the greatest challenges facing people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in Yala Community, Cross River State and elsewhere. The USAID funded and FHI360 led Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project works to mitigate these challenges and improve the quality of life of PLHIV and people affected by AIDS (PABA) through care and support activities.  The Areya support group plays an integral role in providing care and support services to PLHIV in Yala and through the SIDHAS project the group benefits from activities aimed at improving their overall health, wellbeing and livelihood. (more…)

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Quick response helps contain cholera in northeast Nigeria

December 11, 2017 — In northern Nigeria, the rainy season brings a welcome respite from the relentless heat that is characteristic of the Sahel region for most of the year. But, rain also brings floods and contaminated water sources that increase the risk of water-related and fecal-oral diseases. (more…)

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