APIN Awarded 5 year Grant from CDC to Expand Access to HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment in Nigeria

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APIN Awarded 5 year Grant from CDC to Expand Access to HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment in Nigeria

APIN Public Health Initiatives has been awarded 5 year Grant by the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement “Improving Comprehensive AIDS Response Enhanced for Sustainability” (iCARES) project, – a hybrid of facility and community based interventions, that will expand access to comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services in eight (8) states of Benue, Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo and Plateau in Nigeria.

The five-year program, funded by PEPFAR through CDC, aims to contribute to the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal of epidemic control in Nigeria.  The project will reach 11 priority LGAs out of the 14 CDC priority LGAs with a variety of services including, but not limited to:

  • Providing targeted HIV testing services to priority populations with integrated referral linkages for health and other socioeconomic services
  • Strengthening facility and community based HIV/AIDS case management with individualized action plans
  • Improving adherence to treatment including tracking and reengaging those lost to follow up
  • Building the capacity of local organizations and systems to provide high impact HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services at the facility and community level
  • Increasing data availability with improved use for decision making by both facility community health services

The project will also continue to provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS care, treatment and support as well as prevention services in about 200 sustained support LGAs in the 8 states.

iCARES project would be implemented by a team of long standing collaborators led by APIN Public Health Initiatives, the first indigenous and one of the top performing PEPFAR treatment partners in Nigeria, with Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), North Western University (NWU) and 42 grantees from Government, Universities, Faith Based, Private Sector and Community Based Organizations. APIN Strategic Information (SI) capabilities include fully inter operable EMR at all comprehensive sites, web enabled, smart phone based reporting systems for remote health facilities, real time monitoring of PLHIV linkage to ART from facility and community testing sites and robust databases. This capacity will be strengthened for timely reporting of quality data, and continuous use for program improvement. APIN’s strengths lies in its tested automated business processes consisting of multiple IT systems and solutions to ensure efficient and effective management of project resources.

“While we have been anxiously waiting and prayerfully hopeful to be one of the awardees, we were pleasantly surprised by the sheer scope and size of the award. By this award, we are even more fired up to ensure that the impact of the iCARES project is felt in all the communities in our states of focus, as this is the only way we can justify the confidence reposed in us by CDC,” said Prosper Okonkwo, MBBS, FMCPH, FWACP, CEO of APIN Public Health Initiatives.

APIN has been fighting to reduce the HIV burden since 2001 when Harvard School of Public Health received a $25 million funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help mitigate the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nigeria. It transitioned from a project of HSPH in 2007 and received the first CDC funding in 2008. Since then, we have helped to strengthen the capacity of local governments and organizations to mitigate the effects of HIV through innovative, people-centered interventions. Our programs aim to improve HIV prevention, detection, treatment and adherence. Our work in HIV has included partnerships with CDC, Global Fund and other public and private organizations.

Signed

 

APIN Management!

 

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  • Desmond Atagher
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    This is great. I have always had confidence in your implementation strategies which I am sure would come to play on the project for greater outcomes.

    • apin
      Reply

      Thank you Desmond.

  • Dr Paul Abiodun
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    Congratulations to APIN

    • apin
      Reply

      Thank you very much, Dr. Paul.

  • Smily
    Reply

    Congratulations on the new grant. We hear there are vacancies but it’s not reflected on your website. How can we access it?

    • apin
      Reply

      Thank you Smily. Please, note that APIN is not recruiting at the moment. Keep following us on our social handles and website for new job postings.

  • Timothy Zakka
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    Congratulations for award APIN and well done for all the great work being carried out in the selected locations.

  • Dr Plang Jwanle
    Reply

    Congratulations APIN.We shall work with you to ensure a smooth transition in Benue

  • Joy Ukwuije
    Reply

    congratulations APIN for these great milestone achievement, truly there is dignity in hard labor. more achievements in this round of CDC grant.

  • Anthony Ladi
    Reply

    Congratulations APIN.
    More ground breaking achievements in this new phase.

    • apin
      Reply

      thank you Anthony.

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