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Galvanizing Religious Leaders for Accelerated Identification and Linkage to pediatric ART (GRAIL)

What? – Caritas Internationalis is joining hands with Caritas Nigeria, PEPFAR and USAID, to train religious leaders on pastoral messaging geared for identification and linkage of HIV-infected children to Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART).

When? – The training will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on 16th and 17th of May, 2018

Where? – The training will take place at Palm 77 hotel, 67/68 Ikoloba Road, GRA, Ibadan, Ibadan.

Who will attend? – Priests and other religious from across the various Catholic ecclesiastical dioceses in the Provinces of Ibadan and Lagos. Resource persons at the training will include Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Nigeria HIV technical experts. In addition, the Deputy Executive Secretary of Caritas Nigeria, Fr. Uche Obodoechina, will be a key note speaker at the training, to engage the Clergy on the use of the pulpit to mitigate the spread of HIV in Nigeria.

Why? – The purpose of the training is to actively involve religious leaders on identification, early diagnosis and treatment of HIV-positive children, through pastoral messaging aimed at changing popular beliefs about HIV. This initiative is aimed at widening the engagement of faith-based organizations in HIV response in Nigeria.

Globally, the annual number of new HIV infections among children (0-14 years) has been reduced by nearly 70% since 2000 and by 51% since 2010. At the end of 2015, there were an estimated 1.8 million children aged 0-14 years living with HIV, and there were an estimated 110,000 AIDS-related deaths among children in the age group. About 870,000 children had access to antiretroviral treatment by mid-2016.

Faith-Based Organisations are eager to explore ways and means that will strengthen their contribution to early diagnosis and treatment for children living with HIV, thus this initiative to actively involve religious on the use of pastoral messaging to identify HIV-positive children and started early on treatment.

Training information and materials can be accessed on www.caritasnigeria.org/GRAILproject

For more information, please contact:

Ijeoma Obo-Effanga, Caritas Nigeria

Mobile: +234 703 724 5919 Email: ieffanga@ccfng.org

Doris Mbaezue, Caritas Nigeria

Mobile: +234 703 256 2546 Email: dmbaezue@ccfng.org

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