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IHVN joins stakeholders to mark 2018 World TB Day

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To find more cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in the country, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) has collaborated with the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP) and other stakeholders to commemorate 2018 World Tuberculosis Day (WTBD) with series of activities in Abuja. The theme for the 2018 WTBD is ‘Find and Notify all TB cases’ with the slogan ‘Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free Nigeria’.

IHVN Program Manager, Global Fund DR-TB/TB-HIV, Dr. Vivian Ibeziako, who participated in a press conference to mark the day, stated that, Nigeria ranks 8th among the high burden Multi-drug Resistant TB (MDR TB) countries. “In Nigeria alone, 4.3% of new and 25% of previously treated TB cases have MDR-TB hence the need to create more awareness on the disease, modes of prevention, treatment and find missing cases.” She added that the country has adopted a shorter treatment regimen for DR-TB thereby reducing the duration of treatment from 20 to 9 months.”

Dr. Ibeziako said that the Institute is committed to fight TB through its implementation of TB and drug-resistant TB programs with the mandate to support case detection and diagnosis of TB in the country.

imagesOther activities held during the week-long celebration include, ministerial press briefing and launch of pediatric anti-TB drug formulation, high level round table discussion on sustainable financing for TB, an orientation workshop for parliamentarians from all over the country and a Community outreach for free screening of TB & HIV. A road walk was also held on 24th March to create awareness about the disease.

Stakeholders, who participated in the activities to mark the day, include World Health Organization (WHO), Stop TB Partnership, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), KNCV, Association for Reproductive & Family Health (ARFH), TB Network and Agbami Co-ventures.

IHVN is the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund Grant for Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (DR-TB). The objectives of the grant include surveillance for DR-TB and support for treatment at health facilities and the community level. IHVN implements the Global Fund HIV New Funding Model (NFM) grant and provides services in the areas of HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC), prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), anti-retroviral treatment (ART) and TB/HIV services in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Kano, Nasarawa, Ogun, Plateau, Taraba and Yobe states and the Federal Capital Territory.

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