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IHVN joins the FCTA, stakeholders to celebrate 2018 Children’s Day

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The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has joined the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and other stakeholders to commemorate the 2018 Children’s Day, which has the theme, “Creating Safe Space for Children: Our Collective Responsibility.”

Children from various schools across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) participated in a march pass and dance competition to mark the day at Area 10 Old Parade Ground in Abuja.

imagesIHVN Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Patrick Dakum, who was represented by the Institute’s FCT Regional Manager, Dr. Oluyemi Olupitan at the occasion, stated that children have the right to good life, education, health and shelter among other things. “As we celebrate the Nigerian Child today, I implore you to recall the Nigerian child’s rights to justice and welfare as clearly stated in the convention on the rights of child ratified by the Federal Government in 1991 and the Child’s rights Act 2003 (CRA),” she said.

Dr. Olupitan said “IHVN is collaborating with the FCTA and 12 Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to carry out various intervention programs in Bwari, Kwali, Gwagwalada and Abuja Municipal Area Councils. He stated that this is also being replicated in some other states of the country.

imagesIHVN with support from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently implementing the Integrated family centered services to HIV infected and affected Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and their care givers in the areas of health, education, Household Economic Strengthening, psychosocial support, social and legal protection and gender norms. This program is being implemented in Kano, Katsina, Nassarawa and the FCT.

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