President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was launched in 2003 to combat global HIV/AIDS. It is the largest commitment made so far by any nation to combat a single disease in history.
Currently present in 20 countries, PEPFAR is working with host countries to provide treatment, prevention and care for people living with HIV/AIDS and training health care providers.
IHVN implements the goals of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) including:
- Building capacity for HIV care and treatment
- Building capacity for prevention of mother-to-child transmission through programs of therapy intervention and avoidance of breast milk transmission
- Assisting in building capacity for monitoring and evaluating the impact of interventions on patient well-being and efficacy of such programs
- Building laboratory capacity within the health care structure to support HIV diagnosis, diagnosis of co-incident opportunistic infections, staging of persons with HIV, and monitoring clinical response and drug safety
- Building quality control and quality assurance infrastructures for Nigeria in support of HIV care and treatment
- Training care providers in the use of antiretroviral therapy and the provision of such drugs in concert with the Nigerian HIV Plan
- Training health care workers in updated HIV management guidelines including treatment adherence
- Providing continuing education to providers involved in HIV care
- Assisting the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Action Committee on AIDS in developing the evidence base for guiding policy on treatment and assist in developing solutions for treatment failure and addressing strategies for co-treating HIV and other opportunistic infections
- Improving access to health services for all HIV affected individuals by assisting in the development of networks of care
- Providing assistance in building capacity for counseling and care for HIV/AIDS and improve education about HIV assisting in developing programs aimed at protecting most at risk populations and orphans and vulnerable children in the HIV care continuum
- Developing peer and other support structures for treatment adherence for people living with HIV/AIDS involving peer support programs and family involvement
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