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About Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN)

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The Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) was established in 2004 as an affiliate of the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore in the United States of America. It has grown to become a leading local non-governmental organization addressing the HIV/AIDS in Nigeria through the development of infrastructure for treatment, care, prevention, and support for people living with and those affected by HIV/AIDS but has now expanded its services to other infectious and non-infectious diseases including, cancer, tuberculosis, malaria. IHVN is structured to develop and maintain linkages with local and international organizations in collaborative ways that support the Government of Nigeria's health sector strategic plans. IHVN key technical and funding partners are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The Institute now offers Anti-retroviral Treatment (ART) services in 316 facilities, PMTCT services in 403 facilities, tuberculosis services in 78 facilities and HIV Counseling and Testing Services in 405 facilities under its ACHIEVE project. Also, through funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, DR-TB, 28 treatment centers offer treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis, 69 ART services and 347 PMTCT facilities. All these facilities and treatment centers comprise of primary, secondary and tertiary health centers in twenty-nine states and the Federal Capital Territory. At least nine of the hospitals it supports are University Teaching Hospitals. IHVN, which has expanded activities to meet the growing public health challenges in Nigeria, has grown into an organization of about 514 staff members, from initial staff strength of ten.

HIV Services

The HIV program of the Institute focuses on the provision of technical support in anti-retroviral treatment for adult and children (including pregnant women), laboratory diagnosis and tracking of patient's status, care and support, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services, HIV counseling and testing, support to orphans and vulnerable children, training and research. The table below shows achievements made in this area




Global Fund


Individuals counseled, tested and received results




Pregnant women counseled, tested and received results




Pregnant women confirmed positive




Pregnant women provided ARV prophylaxis 85,092 17,667 102,759

Clients cumulatively enrolled in the HIV Care program




Clients cumulatively initiated on ART




Paediatric clients cumulatively initiated (Subset of ART above)




Clients provided TB treatment




Number of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Cared for 805,104 N/A 805,104

The Institute provides these services in Nasarawa, Kano, Katsina, Adamawa, Bauchi, Taraba, Benue, Yobe, Plateau, Ogun States including the Federal Capital Territory. All these have been achieved through funding from the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Tuberculosis/Drug Resistant TB Intervention

In health facilities that IHVN supports, more than 47,000 people living with HIV have been provided with TB treatment from 2004 to March 2019.

With funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Institute has bacteriologically confirmed 7,299 people and enrolled 5,065 people who have drug-resistant tuberculosis. Over 3,410 service providers also received training on DR-TB management from June 2011 till December 2018.

The Institute has built a Bio-Safety Level 3 laboratory in the National TB Leprosy Training Center in Zaria, Nigeria, one of the first of its kind in Africa. With this, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and other illnesses are being diagnosed in the country

Malaria Program

IHVN implemented the Global Fund Malaria program, as a Sub-Recipient to the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP). Between 2009 and 2016, The Institute supported the components of malaria control interventions through selected public health facilities in 13 States- Katsina, Ogun, Kwara, Gombe, Akwa-Ibom, Kano, Kaduna, Borno, Kebbi, Plateau, Kogi, Benue and Jigawa States. Cumulatively, 417 public health facilities across 291 LGAs were supported to deliver free prompt and effective malaria services in their various communities. Implementation covered four components of malaria control interventions namely, vector control case management, program monitoring and evaluation and program management.

IHVN distributed Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets to over five million people through campaigns and routine /continuous distribution channels. About 9.8 million persons were treated with Artemisinin based Combination Therapy (ACTs) and over 7 million parasitological diagnosis done before treatment. More than 730,000 pregnant women benefited from routine Sulphaldoxine Pyrime thamine (SPs) as IPTp for Prevention of Malaria in Pregnancy and 30,162 heath care workers were trained on malaria management.

Cancer Registration/Research

IHVN in collaboration with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has organized training in cancer registration for 30 institutions in Nigeria. The Institute has taken a lead in coordinating cancer registration in Nigeria. It currently hosts the National System of Cancer Registries (NSCR). NSCR was conceived in 2009, as a collaborative effort between IHVN, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), and cancer registries of federal health institutions in Nigeria. The main objective of this program is to provide data from Nigerian cancer registries on the most common cancers, cancer incidence and cancer mortality statistics. For more information, click here

The Institute is also participating in a multi-institutional research funded by the National Institutes of Health to develop a better understanding of cervical cancer and the processes involved in the development of the disease. To this end, free cervical cancer screening was offered in Asokoro District Hospital, National Hospital Abuja, Garki Hospital Abuja, Federal Medical Center Keffi, Kubwa General Hospital, Wuse General Hospital and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital. Cervical cancer screening was done at these sites using HPV/DNA testing which is the most sensitive method for screening. For more information, click here

Training Activities

The Institute has trained health care workers to on anti-retroviral treatment, strategic information, care and support, prevention, laboratory services and equipment maintenance, blood safety, HIV counseling and testing, pharmocovigilance, and malaria and cancer prevention, management and control.  More than 40,000 people have been trained to provide quality services from our inception to December 2018. IHVN also has accreditation to offer Continuing Professional Development Program for medical doctors to acquire credits for the annual renewal of their license. Our training centers and halls are also equipped to handle training sessions. For more information, click here


IHVN conducts biomedical research focusing on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, cancer and other non-communicable diseases. The Institute has also been a contributor to scientific literature by publishing in several international peer review journals. For more information on the major research projects the Institute is implementing, click here


The activities of the Institute are funded by international organizations which include:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore USA (UMB)
  • United States' National Institute for Health (NIH)
  • International Development Research Center (IDRC)
  • World Health Organization

Locally, IHVN is a sub-recipient to FHI 360 in the provision of HIV testing services, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV anti-retroviral treatment services and TB/HIV interventions.


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