Health and HIV

Health and HIV

All around the world, the Catholic Church is one of the biggest health providers. In Nigeria, the Catholic Church has 1384 Health facilities mostly spread across underserved and hard-to-reach communities in the 36 states of Nigeria, providing varying levels of healthcare delivery services and humanitarian assistance to the poor, vulnerable and excluded persons regardless of race or religion.

 

Sustainable HIV/AIDS care and Treatment Action In Nigeria (SUSTAIN) Program

Caritas Nigeria is currently implementing the five years comprehensive HIV care, prevention and treatment grant titled Sustainable HIV Care and Treatment Action in Nigeria (SUSTAIN) funded by the United States Government through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Caritas Nigeria is one of the five CDC Nigeria’s Lead Implementing Partners with the mandate to coordinate HIV care and treatment interventions in faith based health facilities. The goal of the program is “Morbidity and mortality due to HIV infection is reduced in Nigeria.”

 

The SUSTAIN Project works through faith based health facilities to target people living and affected by HIV and AIDS in underserved and hard to reach communities in 12 states in Nigeria. The goal of the project is to saturate all faith based health facilities with required HIV care and treatment services in communities where there are needs. SUSTAIN provides value-based prevention education, treatment, care and support to people living with or affected by HIV in Nigeria. In line with the national plan to eliminate Mother to Child Transmission (eMTCT), SUSTAIN has a strong focus on preventing new infections in women of childbearing age, creating demand for uptake of antenatal care, and providing access to prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) services for pregnant mothers.

The SUSTAIN Project presently supports about 100,000 people living and affected with HIV and AIDS with necessary services across 120 sites comprising of comprehensive care and treatment healthcare facilities, stand-alone PMTCT facilities and community based organizations. Caritas Nigeria currently works in 12 states of Nigeria, namely; Benue, Delta, Ekiti, Kaduna, Kogi, Nassarawa, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Plateau States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 

Caritas Nigeria’s priority on the SUSTAIN Project is in line with the priority of the Government of Nigeria and CDC Nigeria to scale up HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment services in Nigeria.  Caritas Nigeria’s focus is to strengthen the health systems in faith based healthcare facilities and the capacity of coordinating faith based health departments and organizations to support the national agenda while we continue to expand services to underserved communities and improve the quality of services.  It advocates with governments, international organizations and drug companies for universal access to cost-effective and suitable medicines.

 

Caritas Nigeria is focused on improving the quality of services across all service delivery points by providing regular technical assistance, onsite and offsite training and mentoring, strengthen our strategic information program and promoting operational research activities.

The followings are some notable accomplishments of Caritas Nigeria’s work on the SUSTAIN program:

HIV Care, Treatment and Prevention

• 77,083 adults and children provided with care

• 46,656 adults and children with HIV infection are receiving antiretroviral therapy (current).

• 110,180 pregnant women were tested for HIV.

• 7,190 HIV positive pregnant women received ARVs to prevent transmission of HIV to their children.

• 406,091 individuals received counselling and testing services for HIV.

• 7,892 Orphans and Vulnerable Children received support services.

• 4,817 individuals (in-school and out-of-school youths) reached with HIV prevention interventions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caritas Nigeria: what do I need to know?

In every country the Catholic Church has an NGO called Caritas

Caritas Nigeria full name is Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria(CCFN), owned and established by Nigerian Bishops in 2010, as a national charity of the Bishops Conference
Caritas Nigeria is a national agency that can support diocesan groups such as St. Vincent de Paul, JDPCs, Catholic health facilities, other Catholic organisations, to better do their work etc

Support can be through trainings and through grants or donations
Caritas Nigeria helps Dioceses respond to emergency situations
Caritas Nigeria supports about 17,000 orphans and vulnerable children
Caritas Nigeria supported dioceses where the flood hit the most e.g Onitsha JDPC, Owerri JDPC, Calabar JDPC, Idah JDPC, Lokoja JDPC, Makurdi JDPC, Otukpo KDPC
Caritas Nigeria Sustain program provides care and treatment to over 40,000 people living with HIV/AIDS

Caritas Nigeria in partnerships with other church organisations supported 294,000 households that could not feed themselves for six months, until the harvest season, in parts of the North
More on What You Need to Know
The Catholic church cares for more than 500,000 poor and needy persons every week through St. Vincent de Paul, Knights of St. Mulumba, Knights of St. John, Legion of Mary, irrespective of their religious affiliation
Every diocese in Nigeria has an arm that fights poverty, ignorance and disease, and it is called JDPC/Caritas
You have been contributing towards helping the poor, prisoners, setting the oppressed free through JDPC/Caritas with your Lenten contribution. 20% comes to Caritas Nigeria.
Sometimes there is an emergency and for immediate relief dioceses turn to the national body for help . Caritas Nigeria is set up to meet this challenge for Diocesan groups.
What Can I Do ?
You have been doing. But do you know that you can do more now that you know you can . No matter how terrible your condition is, there are others who may be in worse situations . Therefore no one is too poor or too helpless to do something. Support this national charity of the Bishops, and the poor you will never meet will witness for you on the last day: I was hungry and you gave me to eat… (Matt. 25:31-40). Be your brother’s/sister’s keeper.
How Can I Support Others ?
Prayer: Pray for a spirit of charity; giving because of God, not giving because you know the person or want to show off or please people or because you are embarassed. Pray also for peace in the world. In Populorum Progressio Pope Paul Vl said the new name for peace is development. Development also means justice. Nigeria is a far cry from justice. 112 million Nigerians live below poverty.17.5 million children in Nigeria are orphans or vulnerable children. Millions of children do not go to school. Many children under 5 suffer malnutrition and 50% of deaths among them is caused by malnutrition. In the midst of this, Nigeria is one of the most corrupt nations of the world. Pray for change. Be an agent of change.
Volunteer: You could become a volunteer fund raiser for Caritas Nigeria. The needs always outweigh the resources. You do have friends. Tell them the Bishops have set up a foundation that supports groups that work for the underprivileged and those in emergency situations, and that their support is needed. You could have a ring of friends who give you donations for Caritas Nigeria no matter how small, and you pay this into Caritas Nigeria accounts.
Monthly/Annual Contribution: You could arrange with your bank that every month an amount is deducted automatically from your salary and paid into CCFN accounts. It could be N500 or more or less. You don’t need to be rich to be a philanthropist. Or as a small business owner, you could pay something everyday as you make your deposit into your account.
10% of Profit Before Tax: If you are a business owner, Schedule 5 of Company and Income Tax Act(CITA) allows you to use 10% of your profit before tax as donation to NGOs. Caritas Nigeria(CCFN) tax identification number is 10487997-001. Donate to CCFN from your profit before tax.
Wills and Bequests: As is done in other parts of the world, you can will a property to Caritas Nigeria.
Special Thanksgiving: When God has done a very special thing in your life, you could make a donation to Caritas Nigeria(CCFN) to mark the occasion.
Tithes: You could also pay your tithes to Caritas Nigeria through its bank accounts.
Items: You could donate food items, toilet items, towels, blankets etc
WARNING
The Bishops have warned that Caritas Nigeria(CCFN) should not depend on funds from overseas, which are dwindling by the way. Bishops want Caritas Nigeria to be owned and supported by ordinary Nigerians. So YOU are a benefactor of Caritas Nigeria(CCFN). Please do something.

North-Central Partners’ Forum

The SUSTAIN Project Partners’ Forum organized by Caritas Nigeria for her Partner Testing Facilities (PTFs) across the North-Central region has come to a successful close. The event which commenced from 23rd through 24th August, had in attendance, two representatives from each of the twenty-six (26) PTFs across the FCT, Kaduna, Kogi, Nasarawa and Plateau States.

 

Facility partners’ presentations which highlighted their background on the program, success stories and achievements on specific indicators as at Quarter 3 of the Financial Year 2017, aptly captured the laudable impact of the PEPFAR-funded project on over sixteen thousand (16,000) patients receiving HIV/TB interventions in the region; Statistics revealed a commendable level of Viral Load suppression among patients on Anti-Retroviral Therapy, negative outcome of Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) for infants that benefitted from Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) interventions, and the use of intensified Provider-Initiated Testing and Counselling (PITC) with multipoint testing and feeder sites. In addition, both partners – Caritas Nigeria and Facility Partners – shared lessons learnt in the project life cycle.

 

Caritas Nigeria began the implementation of Sustainable HIV/AIDS care and Treatment Action in Nigeria (SUSTAIN) project across the North-Central, South-Central and Benue regions in September 2012.

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