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Rivers State Surge Project

Rivers State Surge Project

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Rivers State Surge Project

The National HIV/AIDS Indicator Impact Survey (NAIIS) released in March 2019 pegged the HIV prevalence rate in Rivers state at 3.8%, above the national prevalence of 1.4%. The survey reported that Rivers State has an estimated 210,082 persons living with HIV with only about 40,314 (21%) on life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART).

Therefore, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) engaged IHVN in April 2019 to close these gaps. The project is currently being implemented in 117 health facilities across the twenty-three LGAs of the state, with emphasis on the seven focus LGAs having the highest prevalence rates.

A robust stakeholder engagement is one of the strategies adopted by the project to encourage ownership and sustainability. We are collaborating with the State Ministry of Health (SMOH/SASCP), State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA), Hospitals Management Board (HMB), Primary Health Care Management Board (PHCMB), Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), a consortium of private organizations and professional bodies and other non-governmental and community-based organizations.

To ensure the pillars of 95-95-95; active case finding, linkage to Anti-Retroviral Therapy, retention in care and viral suppression, both facility and community structures are being utilized. Government-supported healthcare workers and IHVN staff are embedded within the facilities and communities to supervise targeted community testing, provide technical support and carry out hands-on mentoring.

IHVN Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Patrick Dakum, speaks at an event organized by the Rivers State Government to flag-off the elimination of user fees for people living with HIV in the state.

Through targeted community testing at hot spots and collaboration with private laboratories, patent medicine vendors and traditional birth attendants (TBAs), clients identified as HIV positive are linked to proximal treatment sites.

We are reaching key populations with HIV testing and treatment through an Enhanced Peer Outreach Approach that involves the use of peer testers, provision of free treatment for sexually transmitted infections, amongst other evidence-based strategies.

Differentiated Model of Care services, e.g. Community ART (Community Pharmacy and Community Treatment Initiative), Multi-Month Dispensing, Fast Tracking facility ART pick-ups etc., have been institutionalized to suit clients’ needs.

Under our Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program,  we provide care and support to the children and their caregivers. Adolescent girls and Young Women are also being enlightened and equipped with skills for their empowerment.

Rivers Surge Project in Figures (from April 2019 to 19th March 2022)
S/No Indicator Figures
1 Number of people provided with HIV Testing Services 4,171,793
2 Number of people who tested positive 161,322
3 Number of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) placed on treatment 160,933