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IHVN Set to Implement Global Fund Public Private Mix Grant

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has selected Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) as Principal Recipient to oversee a two-year public-private grant that will engage private sector health providers in the delivery of tuberculosis services.

At a grant-signing ceremony for Principal Recipients of Global Fund grants in the country, Global Fund Head of Grant Management, Mark Edington, noted that the collaboration with Nigeria is to support the country to find more tuberculosis cases. He called for concerted efforts in addressing the missing 300,000 tuberculosis cases in the country with demonstrable results.

As the first Principal Recipient for the TB Public Private Mix Scale-up in the country, IHVN is to lead efforts in ensuring that community pharmacists, patent medicine vendors, traditional birth attendants, faith-based organizations, private laboratories and private-for-profit facilities in providing tuberculosis prevention, identification, diagnostic and treatment services.

imagesIHVN CEO, Dr. Patrick Dakum, who signed the grant document on behalf of the Institute ,noted that, “In Nigeria, private healthcare providers account for more than 60% of care-seeking, yet efforts at a private-public mix engagement in TB services have been sporadic, small and short-lived. In 2017, only 2.7% of private sector health providers were involved. With this grant, we are aiming at increasing this to at least 51% in 2020,” he said.

He added that the grant will support public-private sector engagement in 20 states in the country; ensure the maintenance of drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment centers and tuberculosis reference laboratories; optimize the usage of GeneXpert machines to diagnose tuberculosis, and support shipping of samples for diagnosis and treatment.

At the ceremony, the Honorable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, stated that the ministry will work with partners to fill current gaps in funding for tuberculosis. He said that the National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control Program, which has been selected as a Principal Recipient for the Global Fund TB Public Sector Grant will handle its responsibilities diligently. “We are aware of the herculean task ahead, we are also aware that it is not business as usual and we are ready to do everything humanly possible to ensure the success of this grant,” he said.

The Lagos State Government also a Principal Recipient of a grant, the TB/HIV Resilient System Strengthening for Health Grant, was present at the ceremony. Also present was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdullahi Mashi, senior government officials, heads of parastatals, representatives from international organizations and stakeholders.

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