Global health in the age of the SDGs


Over the past 15 years, we have witnessed major declines in child and maternal mortality and progress in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in countries around the world. Still, an estimated 5.9 million children under 5 died in 2015, mostly from preventable causes. That same year, 2.1 million people became newly infected with HIV, and an estimated 214 million people contracted malaria. (more…)


A Reason to Smile again – Diana’s Story


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.



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…)


Supporting community driven Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT)


The Ijaw community of Eastern Obolo have since the conception of Akwa-Ibom State in 1987 been a community distinctly set apart from the rest of the state. The only access to the Local Government Area (LGA) is a single two lane road built on marshland which is prone to flooding during the tropical rainy season. To buttress this point, it is one of two LGAs with more island wards than land. It had no secondary level healthcare facility until ten months ago and currently has only two doctors providing care to the whole community. Care for HIV infected persons, let alone HIV positive pregnant women, had been minimal till six months ago when FHI 360 with funding from USAID and the Akwa Ibom state government trained Community Health Extension Workers and nurses from the Health Centers and Health Posts on PMTCT. (more…)