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Unit Head
Torbunde Nguavese


The Pediatric unit of the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) exists to support the Government and people of Nigeria to reduce the burden of Pediatric HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. The unit has been able to expand comprehensive pediatric ART services to appropriately-staffed health facilities in Nassarawa, Benue, Delta, Kano, Katsina, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo states and the FCT, targeting children and adolescents living with HIV, including OVC.

Through IHVN partner facilities, the unit has ensured effective on-site Early Infant Diagnosis (EID)services as well as Point-of-Service Provider Initiated Testing and Counseling (where every child that walks into the clinic is tested irrespective of what brought them to the hospital, with parent's permission) at immunization points, pediatric wards, pediatric Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) and all other points of general pediatric service delivery. Also, the unit has strengthened supported facilities to actively seek HIV-exposed and/ or infected children.

The unit also supports the National Task Team on anti-retroviral treatment to adapt and adopt WHO treatment guidelines and collaborates with the Federal Ministry of Health, Supply Chain Management Systems (SCMS) and other United States Government agencies to ensure streamlining of ART formulation for children as well as procuring child-friendly fixed-dose-combination ARVs for children.

It has been working hard to ensure integration of pediatric anti-retroviral treatment services into maternal and child health services of all supported sites through advocacy to stakeholders and site management in the spirit of promoting ownership and sustainability.

It is also involved in targeted activities for adolescents including expansion of HIV counseling and testing, adolescent-friendly services at paediatric treatment sites, and the provision of sexual and reproductive health services.

The unit has provided technical and programmatic support to over 22,000 HIV-infected children enrolled on anti-retroviral treatment across IHVN-supported treatment sites in Nigeria .The Unit has also built the capacity of over 1,000 healthcare workers on the provision of comprehensive care and treatment for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

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