VOA’s health correspondent Linord Moudou talks to Dr. Robert Chiegil, Deputy Country Director for FHI 360, in Nigeria, about reducing the impact of HIV and TB in Nigeria and other countries.READ MORE
My name is Aisha and I am one of the many residents of Sumaila town in Kano State whose life has been directly impacted by the USAID funded SIDHAS project. I am 25 years old and I pride myself on my industrious nature and independence which has greatly helped me survive economic hardship. My husband is a commercial motorcyclist who does his business in the suburbs of the Federal Capital Territory. (more…)READ MORE
I have often said that one of the most devastating sights one could ever behold is that of an infant suffering and dying from HIV and AIDS. Even more devastating is that we all know that this is almost entirely avoidable. All that is required is that a pregnant woman goes to a health facility where she could be diagnosed and placed on anti-retroviral drugs to prevent transmission to her baby.
Yet as basic as this may sound, while in many countries HIV infection in children is practically being eliminated, many Nigerian babies suffer from HIV because their mothers could not access the health care they needed. At the end of 2011, maternal HIV testing and counseling (HTC) coverage was 14% and ARV prophylaxis was given to 8% of HIV-positive pregnant women for PMTCT. As a result, more than half of the 281,180 new infections that occurred in 2011 were in children (154,920). (more…)READ MORE
Transmission of HIV from pregnant mothers to their children is a key route of HIV transmission in Nigeria. The USAID funded Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project undertook a mission to bridge the PMTCT gap through a comprehensive four prong package of services targeting women, children and their families in Taraba State. The goal was to significantly reduce the incidences of new infections from mother to child and gradually achieve a zero elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV. One facility in the state bought into this vision and aggressively pursued this goal through targeted interventions in the focus communities, thereby increasing demand for the available PMTCT services. This facility is the Mambilla Baptist Hospital (MBH) Gembu. (more…)READ MORE