cART Partners Forum in Gboko

cART Partners Forum in Gboko

PMVs at the eventCaritas Nigeria has begun a two-day meeting in Gboko, Benue State with all partners and service providers in her Community Anti-Retroviral Treatment (cART) program.

The exercise which commenced this morning (April 10, 2017) is led by the Caritas Nigeria community ART technical team and is geared towards reorienting its partners at the community level to boost the effectiveness and impact of community ART program in Benue state.

Dr. Fadare, Snr Technical Advisor anchoring provides insight into the cART program

Participants at the meeting comprises community-based pharmacies, patent medicine vendors (PMVs) and administrators of Comprehensive Care and Treatment (CCT) sites that serve as hubs to the PMVs, as well as supervisory and roving team  members for the cART program. The local government areas (LGAs) currently involved include Gwer West, Logo and Ushongo of Benue state.

 

The cART is  a strategy designed to increase access of people living with HIV to treatment services at the grassroots. It is a component of the PEPFAR-funded SUSTAIN program of Caritas Nigeria which has entered its fifth year of operation and has made tremendous impact in each of the twelve states where it has been implemented including Benue.

Caritas Nigeria Program Manager, Donald Akpenna making a presentation

Since it was flagged off nine months ago the cART program has tested  a total of 12873 persons with about 438 positives placed on care and treatment.

 

CDC HIV & TB Symposium

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), organized a two-day HIV & TB Intervention Symposium for all her Implementing Partners (IPs) in Nigeria.

The event which took place at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja on the 13th and 14th of November 2017, was designed to highlight the achievements of IPs in the country and forge a way forward for the future.

Each IP, including Caritas Nigeria, gave a brief overview of their five year HIV & TB program activities.

On the first day, Caritas Nigeria, through its Senior Technical Assistant, Dr. Wale Fadare, made a presentation which showcased the SUSTAIN programs Community ART (cART) platforms such as the use of eRangers to access hard-to-reach areas as well the Congregational approach for PMTCT. During one of the Panel Discussion sessions, Project Director, Dr. John Oko responded to questions from the audience on the efficiency, cost-effectiveness and lessons learnt from implementation of the cART program. {gallery}cdcsymposium{/gallery}

One of the centres of attraction at the event was Caritas Nigeria’s booth where its recently commissioned documentary on the SUSTAIN program was streamed for participants to view. Visitors to the booth were also excited to pick copies of Caritas Nigeria’s Strategic Plan, Fact sheet, Annual Report, PMD Pro flyers, and Quality Improvement Standard Operating Protocol (SOP).

Worth mentioning was the recognition accorded by CDC to Caritas Nigeria for their Quality Improvement (QI) SOP, a manual which most IPs did not have.
The CDC-sponsored Symposium had in attendance, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac F. Adewole, Director General of NACA, Dr. Sani Aliyu, US Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. W. Stuart Symington and CDC Atlanta representatives amongst several other stakeholders.

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