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IHVN Takes HIV services to Pregnant Women in Communities

Figure Above: Maternity Home Owner, Mrs. Yaro taking record of a pregnant woman.

To increase access to prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services by women in communities, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has engaged traditional birth attendants and maternity homes to screen for HIV and provide referral services. More than 100 of them have begun providing these services in the Federal Capital Territory; Rivers, Nasarawa and Katsina States.

D.R.E.A.M.S Girls Clubs Mentor Over 300 Girls for a Better Future

Figure Above: D.R.E.A.M.S club meeting in progress at Keffi, Nasarawa State.

Girls below the age of 18 in Nigeria face challenges such as harmful cultural practices, gender-based violence, early marriage, early pregnancy and exploitation. These harms deter and limit them from achieving their full potentials. To promote gender equity and advocate for social change in the community, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) with funding from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is implementing a project to bring girls together in clubs. The goal of the D.R.E.A.M.S girls club is to groom girls to be Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS Free, Mentored and Safe.

Kano mothers, children receive basic nutrition services at their doorsteps

Figure Above: Community Volunteer, Halima Abdulraman walking into a home to provide nutrition services in Fagge Local Government Area.

“Some women do not understand that colostrum is good for their babies. They prefer to give newly born babies goat milk. Many don’t know how to position their babies while breastfeeding. These gaps affect the health of babies,” says community health worker, Maimuna Baba.

Community Centers Reach Key Populations with HIV Services

Figure Above: A health care provider, Mr Solomon discusses with Mary in her community in Abuja.

According to the 2018 Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS), the prevalence of HIV among female sex workers is between 13 to 15% according to. Female sex workers are considered key populations in addressing HIV globally because of their exposure to high risk sexual behaviors. Other key populations are men who have sex with men, transgender people and people who inject drugs.