ACHAP /IMA Provision of 10 Boreholes to Combat COVID-19
From the commencement of the project, it had 3 objectives summarized which are: I. Provision of sustainable water supply to 10 MIs II. Improvement of Infection Prevention and control measures in the 10 MIs III. Provision of funds for purchase of relevant IPC supplies ACHAP in the second phase of support to CHAN, provided CHAN the sum of $50,000 to provide 10 Boreholes for 10 facilities across Nigeria. The Process of provision had kickstarted. Earliear in the year they supported CHAN towards mitigating the impact of Corvid ‘19 Worth US $27,500 (Twenty -Seven thousand, Five hundred United States Dollars was spent to support Community Mobilisation efforts for Active case identification, survelance and Guidance on home based care; Equip health facilities with medicines and supplies and to provide support for referrals from community to facility and to higher level facilities. The MIs that Benefited includes 1. Hoares Memorial Hospital, Yaba , Lagos 2. Regina Mundi Catholic Hospital, Mushin, Lagos 3. BHUTH, Jos 4. Rufina Catholic Medical Centre, Iperu St. Mary Catholic Hospital, Gwagwalada, FCT, Abuja Between January 2021 and now the following have been achieved so far: Provision of water Nine (9) boreholes have been completed out of 10, the remaining ones is ongoing to be completed before the middle of June 2021 Each of the 10 MIs is got a drilled borehole with a motorized electric pump reticulated to a 3000 liters storage tank stationed on a 3m high metal stanchion. Improvement of IPC practice in 10 MIs 10 stepdown trainings have been done for the benefitting facilities at their various facilities. Topics covered included: management and ways of preventing infection with focus on covid-19. Provision of Funds for purchase of relevant IPC supplies. 200,000 two hundred thousand naira have been advanced to benefitting MIs respectively in the month of February for purchase of startup IPC supplies e.g. wash station buckets, Bin liners, hand sanitizers etc. to encourage facility improve on its IPC measures. As at May 14, 2021 , 8 Boreholes were commissioned and handed over to their respective Management in all the zones of Nigeria. MIs having challenges of Water are breathing a sigh of relief as CHAN ACHAP have commenced the process of solving that problem by the provision of mechanized boreholes within the next five months. MIs drawn from states like Abia, Benue, Kaduna, Ondo, Oyo, Taraba, and Imo shall benefit in the first instance. Considering over 600 Facilities depending on CHAN, this is a far cry from the number of request for support from MIs across Nigeria. We are excited that these ten facilities got this boost.
Stigma and Discrimination Workshop for Religious Leaders at Akwanga
Phase two of Stigma and Discrimination. ACHAP have provided funding to the tune of $24,187.57 By January 2021 CHAN is training 50 HCW and 50 Religious Leaders and People living Positively drawn from 5 Central states in Nigeria including FCT using the S& D Training Manual CHAN developed for Nigeria in 2018/19. Between 6-9th of April 2021, a 100 Religious leaders, Health Care Workers and Persons living Positively with HIV were engaged in a weeklong Dialogue/ Training of Trainers on ending Stigma and Discrimination using the Stigma and Discrimination Manual on HIV/AIDS produced by CHAN for the entire Country. CHAN staff again in the third week of May 2021 embarked on a successful supervision and monitoring visits to all participants and facilities in five states including FCT to ensure that HIV/AIDS S&D work plan is mainstreamed by HCWs, clergy from Christian and Muslim Faith imbibe and promote practices mitigating HIV/AIDS S&D and finally PLPs also join in the ongoing campaign.
ADAPTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF IEC MATERIALS FOR PEDIATRIC HIV IN NIGERIA
CHAN in collaboration with ACHAP, with funding support of UNAIDS are working on ending stigma and discrimination against Persons Living positively with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. To achieve UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets by diagnosing 95% of HIV positive individuals, provide antiretroviral therapy for 95% of those diagnose and achieve viral suppression for 95% of those treated by 2030, stigma and discrimination against PLPWHIV must be addressed and reduced to zero level. As part of the ways to achieve zero stigma and discrimination is to have age-appropriate, science based and client-oriented messages on pediatric HIV against this act, which can be used for community education and awareness raising. To this end, CHAN established a Technical Working Group (TWG) made up of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), Health Care Workers, Christian and Muslim Faith representatives, Counselors, PLPWHIV- including adolescent and children. A 3-day workshop was organized to develop the IEC materials at Golden Dabis hotel, Keffi in Nasarawa State, with several levels of pre-testings.
IEC MATERIALS DEVELOPED
Participants at the TWGs meeting on developing IEC materials at Golden Dabis Hotel, Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The coordinator of Operation Triple Zero (OTZ) support group for adolescents, Nasarawa State.
Children pretesting before the final productions