In addition to providing antiretroviral drugs to treat and prevent HIV, within the context of Nigerian National HIV/AIDS strategic framework, the Institute provides continuing education to providers involved in HIV care while assisting the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) in developing an evidence-base for guiding policy on treatment.
In collaboration with FMOH, NACA, and other development partners, the Institute has been supporting infrastructural upgrades and capacity building for the treatment and care of people living with HIV/AIDS at sites that it supports in Nigeria. Through its ACTION Project now ACTION-PLUS-UP; IHVN has as of 31st December 2012, trained 20,644 health care providers in ARV care, strategic information/M&E, palliative care and support, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, good laboratory practice, TB/HIV, HIV counseling and testing, injection safety and blood safety – testing,abstinence and policy development.
IHVN has activated over 100 laboratories primary, secondary and tertiary health institutions in the country under the aegis of President Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). These laboratories are located in IHVN supported sites.
Laboratory scientists at the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) sites under the National PMTCT program were among the first sets of personnel who received training on Rapid HIV Testing at the Institute’s Training Laboratory in Asokoro, Abuja. The scientists, mainly from the Federal Medical Centers in the country, were taught how to detect antibodies to HIV-1 and HIV-2 using kits in line with the National Testing algorithm.
So far 3,098 laboratory scientists have been trained in many areas of good laboratory practice; 1,293 on TB; 2,461 on injection safety; 1015 on HCT; 1,038 on AB; and 434 on blood safety – testing. Others include 3,233 on ARV Care; 1,460 on strategic information/M&E; 4,792 on care and support; and 2,194 on prevention – PMTCT. Also trained 333 on community support services, 342 health care workers on policy development.