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IHVN Promotes Research through NISA Conference

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The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has collaborated with other Implementing Partners of public health programs in Nigeria to co-host and participate in the 2019 Nigeria Implementation Science Alliance (NISA) Conference.

IHVN Chief Executive Officer and Conference Co-Chair of NISA 2019 conference, Dr. Patrick Dakum, said that the conference held yearly since 2015, has been impactful in providing a platform for partners, researchers and policy makers to come together and share experiences and challenges in the uptake of health services. “Researchers have the opportunity to present their research in the presence of policy makers such that policies can be well informed and data driven. Guidelines can also be developed based on sound implementation research,” he said.

imagesThe 2019 conference themed, “Achieving Impact through Implementation Research” attracted over 200 participants involved in plenary sessions, group discussions and presentation of abstracts. IHVN presented six abstract posters on, family index testing and partner notification services, viral load suppression, evaluation of the test and treat strategy, evaluation of the orphans and vulnerable children program and, acceptance and satisfaction in the use of an Optimized Medical Record System.

NISA Board Chair, Prof. Echezona Ezeanolue said that there were plans to extend the Alliance beyond Nigeria to East and Central Africa. “We will bring these people together to form a regional alliance to solve health problems in their sub-regions,” he said. According to him, the conference, which is the flagship program of NISA, is aimed at bridging the gap between research and practice.

imagesHeads of government agencies such as the Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr. Gambo Gumel Aliyu, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, and Director General, Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, were in attendance.

Implementing partners like; Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria, who co-chaired the conference, Center for Integrated Health Programs, APIN Public Health Initiative, Management Sciences for Health, Solina Group, Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme and FHI360 also participated in the conference.

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