ICAP Expands Support for HIV Prevention, Care, and Treatment in Nigeria

Nov. 25, 2006

ABUJA, NIGERIA — ICAP-Nigeria, which was only launched last spring, recently began supporting a fifth healthcare site in Southern Kaduna to provide comprehensive HIV services, including testing, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (pMTCT), pediatric and adult care and treatment.

In support of the continued scale-up of ICAP-Nigeria’s activities, ICAP director Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, met in late November in Abuja with key stakeholders, including government partners, donors, civil society members, leaders of community organizations, and others affected by HIV, to discuss the future direction of ICAP’s activities in Nigeria. In conjunction with her visit, El-Sadr delivered a Nov. 27 talk titled “Scale-Up of HIV Care and Treatment: The Evidence and the Practice.” During her talk, El-Sadr explained ICAP-Nigeria’s initial focus on increasing enrollment of HIV-infected mothers in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV(PMTCT) programs. Currently, less than 10 percent of HIV-infected women are enrolled in HIV care and treatment.

In addition to PMTCT, ICAP-Nigeria initial activities include expanding HIV testing and pediatric HIV care and treatment. ICAP is supporting healthcare sites in two high HIV prevalence states, at Kafanchan in Kaduna State and Ogoja in Cross River State.

ICAP-Nigeria supports a variety of capacity-building initiatives for HIV prevention, care, and treatment, including infrastructure and facility improvements and training programs for multidisciplinary teams of healthcare providers. In October, ICAP-Nigeria sponsored a five-day workshop on pediatric HIV care and treatment for 37 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and adherence counselors, from ICAP-supported sites. ICAP-Nigeria is also working closely with communities to address the impact of HIV/AIDS on families, particularly the growing number of orphans and vulnerable children affected by the disease.

ICAP programs are supported by The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).