HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING
Using HIV program implementation as an entry point, APIN has contributed significantly to health system improvement at all levels of the health system in public, private and faith based setting. We provide comprehensive technical assistance that addresses cares areas of the health system, including health management information system, human resources for health capacity development, innovation technologies, governance, logistic and commodity management and service delivery. We have supported infrastructure upgrades provide hospital and laboratory equipment, computer data management software and mobile technologies to support service delivery. We have also developed and deployed supply chain management system for clinics, laboratories and government agencies, supported M&E system assessment and system strengthen.
For more than 17 years, APIN has contributed to the National HIV response through service delivery support technical assistance capacity including evidence generation and partnership. Our Team has implemented project and programs such as the GH1058 (2008-2013), CARES (2013-2017). These projects strengthen service delivery system to provide high quality service, harness the complementary effort at the private sector and support government agencies in priority setting and planning for a sustainable HIV response. We have the development and casting of national HIV and AIDS strategies to support governments and other stake holders in prioritization resource allocation and enhance accountability. We also partner with national and sub-national governments, public institutions, civil society organizations bilateral development partners and the private sector to improve health sector outcomes.
To date, we have provided cares and support to about 250,000 HIV infected individuals while over 150,000 HIV positive children and adults at more than 70 clinics in over 10 states have been placed on life saving anti-retroviral drugs. We have also provided a complete package of services including health, education, nutrition, shelter and legal protection to about 147,714 orphans and vulnerable children with collaboration with our civil society organization partners.
Since program inception, APIN has reached 391,955 individuals with HIV prevention messages, focusing on abstinence/be-faithful, accurate and consistent condom use. We have also counselled and tested 4,145, 664 individuals for HIV so they know their status and can make informed choices. Working in over 500 health center and clinics and within communities; we have counselled and tested about 1,000,000 pregnant women for HIV and provided drugs to almost 50,000 HIV positive pregnant women to stop the transmission of the virus to their babies and keep them healthy.
TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA
Our rich of blend of human resources made up of technical and functional specialists from laboratory science, family medicine and their related disciplines, have made it possible to implement qualitative malaria and TB programs with funding and other major donors. We have partnered with the national TB leprosy control program (NTBLC) of national and sub- national levels of support institution platform to expand access to TB care through scale up of TB Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) sites, integration of HIV testing service at DOTS sites, improved capacity for TB diagnosis through the deployment of fluorescent microscopy and geneXpert technology, capacity building of different cadres of HCWs on the TB program, roll-out and integration of IPT in HIV programs. We pioneered the Rifabutin Access Initiatives in Nigeria, we have harnessed two of our key strengths – fasting community involvement and leveraging our network of in–country partners, to improve TB case detection and treatment and to strengthen the integration and members of the academic to conduct operations research to improve HIV, TB and malaria programming.
MATERNAL, NEWBORN AND CHILD HEALTH
With expertise development from HIV programming especially in the areas of PMTCT, we have developed competencies to implement sustainable, maternal, newborn and child health programs. We are well aware of the importance of healthy mothers and children for a country’s economic growth, so we focus on interventions throughout the continuum of care that incorporate community involvement, evidence–based, and we also have extensive experience in community based delivery strategies to strengthen community- facility referral mechanism for pregnant women and their infants.
EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY
Global Health Security (GHS) envisions a world safe and secure from global health threats posed by infectious diseases- where it is possible to prevent or mitigate the impact of naturally occurring outbreaks and intentional or accidental releases of dangerous pathogens, rapidly detect and transparently report outbreaks when they occur, and employ an interconnected global network that can respond effectively to limit the spread of infectious disease outbreaks in humans, mitigate human suffering and the loss of human life, and reduce economic impact. The recent Ebola epidemic in Africa further underscores the economic and humanitarian impacts of infectious diseases.
GHS involves developing the infrastructure and capacity to protect the health of people and societies worldwide and to ensure health system resilience. It focuses on developing and implementing multi-sectoral solutions for human security, the prevention and control of infectious diseases, attention to non-communicable diseases, and revitalizing research and development.
APIN has formed strategic partnership and alliances with leading hospitals and state governments in Nigeria to build stronger health systems and enhance infection prevention and control activities to prevent the emergence and spread of epidemics. We have also supported these institutions personal protective equipment to combat outbreaks.