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CDC Chief Visits Rivers Surge Project

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HIV Care and Treatment Branch Chief, Dr. Tedd Ellerbrock has visited health facilities in Rivers State to supervise ongoing efforts by Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) to increase the number of people living with HIV in the state who are placed on treatment.

IHVN was selected to implement the SURGE project in the state in response to recently released Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) that pegged Rivers State prevalence at 3.8% with an estimated 79% of people living with HIV in the state not on treatment.

Dr. Ellerbrock and a team visited the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, and Centers such as, Initiative for the Advancement of Humanity (IAH) and Obiakpor Key Population One Stop Shop.

imagesDr. Ellerbrock urged for concerted efforts to reach more communities and the adoption of new strategies to reach the target of ensuring that 199,577 persons infected with HIV know their status, place at least 170,166 PLHIVs on treatment and make sure that at least 161,657 people living with HIV are placed on treatment by September 2020.

He commended IHVN for its dedication in ensuring that more people know their HIV status, are placed on treatment and achieve virological suppression. “Thank you for being a great partner in difficult times. You should be proud of what you have done,” he said.

Earlier, IHVN Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Charles Mensah, welcomed the team. “We are happy to have people see our work and suggest ways that we can do better.”

The visiting team also included, Nigerian Chair, Deputy Coordinator for Program Quality, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), Bill Paul; Division Chief, Health Team Leader, Africa Bureau, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Headquarters; Emilo Dirlikov and Dr. Solomon Odafe of CDC Nigeria and Dr. Chris Obanubi of USAID Nigeria.

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