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

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BACKGROUND


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.

This has restricted access to ART treatment in some parts of the state. In line with the task shifting strategy to increase access to high quality HIV/AIDS services, NIMART was introduced in Akwa Ibom state in June 2014 to increase access to ART services in Primary Health Centers in the state.

Nurse seeing patients on ART at a Primary Health Center in Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria

Nurse seeing patients on ART at a Primary Health Center in Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria

The Akwa Ibom team

 

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The Akwa Ibom State Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) Team is FHI 360’s SIDHAS priority state team implementing the SIDHAS project. Picture of FHI 360 Akwa Ibom State SIDHAS team with the FHI360 country Director.

Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. After Johannesburg, the Durban Metropolitan Area ranks second among the most populous urban areas in South Africa, almost equal to Cape Town. It was the venue for the 2016 International AIDS Conference.

Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. After Johannesburg, the Durban Metropolitan Area ranks second among the most populous urban areas in South Africa, almost equal to Cape Town. It was the venue for the 2016 International AIDS Conference.

Yemisi Ogundare is the FHI 360 Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) Senior Program Officer, in Akwa Ibom State and was a delegate at IAS. She and a team of staff from the FHI 360 SIDHAS Akwa Ibom state office worked on a poster that was accepted for presentation at the IAS, Durban, South Africa. This was the beginning of great things to come for FHI 360 at IAS 2016

Yemisi Ogundare is the FHI 360 Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) Senior Program Officer, in Akwa Ibom State and was a delegate at IAS. She and a team of staff from the FHI 360 SIDHAS Akwa Ibom state office worked on a poster that was accepted for presentation at the IAS, Durban, South Africa. This was the beginning of great things to come for FHI 360 at IAS 2016

Ezekiel James is FHI 360’s Agreement Officer’s Representative who also attended IAS 2016; standing proudly in front of the SIDHAS poster, beaming with pride.

Ezekiel James is FHI 360’s Agreement Officer’s Representative who also attended IAS 2016; standing proudly in front of the SIDHAS poster, beaming with pride.

FHI 360 was largely visible at IAS 2016. Yemisi Ogundare and Betty at FHI 360's booth at the IAS 2016

FHI 360 was largely visible at IAS 2016. Yemisi Ogundare and Betty at FHI 360’s booth at the IAS 2016

Yemisi Ogundare with FHI360's Chief scientific Officer, Tim Maestro at FHI360's booth at the IAS 2016

Yemisi Ogundare with FHI360’s Chief scientific Officer, Tim Maestro at FHI360’s booth at the IAS 2016

Summary

Nurses in existing primary health centers already offering PMTCT services were trained in ART management. The PHCs were upgraded structurally with the provision of service points, laboratory equipment and consumables, data management tools and commodities. Mentorship and Continuous Quality improvement (CQI) activities were provided by the Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project and Ministry of Health (MOH) Clinicians to ensure conformity with the national guidelines on ART. Prompt referrals for specialized care where necessary were ensured in the NIMART PHCs.

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