Global Fund Supported Community Participation in the Management of Tuberculosis in Nigeria



Community Volunteers helping to fight TB in Oyun, and Kwara-west LGAs in Kwara State, North-central

In Nigeria, the Global Fund is a major partner of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) in its fight against tuberculosis in 36 states plus Federal Capital Territory. The National Programme aims to reduce the TB burden, to provide increased and equitable access to DOTS services and further expand TB/HIV services as well as complementing and accelerating the on-going activities implemented by government agencies and development partners, including USAID, DFID and CIDA.

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Strengthening Community Systems for effective response to AIDS, TB and Malaria in Nigeria: Stakeholder meets to discuss a country-own framework

In Nigeria the concept of community involvement in improving health and development outcomes is not a new one. According to WHO, further progress is now needed to bring community actors and systems into full partnership with national health and social welfare systems and in particular to ensure that their work for health is better understood and properly funded. Achieving this goal is vital for making progress toward the goals of universal access to health care and realizing the rights of everyone to achieve the highest attainable standards of health, no matter who they are or where they live. The Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) Framework is a contribution toward this goal.

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Community Management of Malaria in Northern Nigeria

The Malaria Program of Association for Reproductive and Family Health has been implementing Malaria Control activities for the past four years in various States of the country, making appreciable impact at reducing Malaria diease burden on Nigerias. Working in Adamawa, Bayelsa, Niger, Osun and Oyo States, the program includes a robust community component on Community Case Management of Malaria (CCM) under the service delivery Area 2 (SDA 2 and 4). It involves community based activities through community participation, sensitization and mobilization using Role Model Caregivers (RMCs) who also within the last four years, actively carried out Community Management of Malaria in children under five, supported effective referrals of pregnant women to facilities and mobilized communities through Ward Development Committees (WDC) for Malaria prevention, this has resulted in commendable outcomes.
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World Malaria Day 2014 - Invest in the Future, Defeat Malaria; Together We Can

World Malaria Day (WMD) was celebrated on the 25th of April, 2014. It is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the global effort to control the scourge of the deadly disease; Malaria. Each year, Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partner organizations unite around a common World Malaria Day theme 'Invest in the future: defeat malaria', a three-year theme (2013-2015) - chosen to call attention to the need to channel more resources into Malaria interventions in order to achieve the 2015 Millennium Development Goals and defeat malaria in the near future.
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Advocating for the Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls in Nigeria - Ipas Nigeria Visit to ARFH




Prof O. A. Ladipo, President and CEO of ARFH received a souvenir from Dr. S.K Ahmadu , Senior Advisor, IPas Nigeria

Reproductive Health is a human right, yet poor reproductive health conditions are the leading cause of deaths and illnesses in women of childbearing age worldwide. As a leading indigenous non-governmental organization in Nigeria working in reproductive and family health, ARFH is committed to working with partners to advocate for the rights of women and girls. It is against this backdrop that a team from Ipas Nigeria lead by the Country Director Dr. Nihinlola Mabogunje paid a visit to ARFH Abuja office.
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ARFH and Partners Celebrate 2014 World TB Day

Tuberculosis-free Nigeria: Find. Treat. Cure TB



'We must work together to accelerate and remove obstacles to DOT expansion, promote top level political commitment, provide adequate financial support and improve quality of TB services throughout the country' - Prof O. A Ladipo, President and CEO of ARFH

Tuberculosis has emerged as a serious public health issue in Nigeria compounded by lack of access evident based information on services including treatment and care. TB is curable, but our current efforts to find, treat and cure everyone who gets ill with the disease are not sufficient. Of the 8.6 million people a year who get sick with TB worldwide, a third of them are 'missed' by public health systems. Many of these three million people live in the world's poorest, most vulnerable communities and include groups such as migrants, miners, nomadic, drug users, sex workers and prisoners.
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ARFH Celebrates Women around the world

As the world celebrates International Women's Day, ARFH remain committed to the empowerment of women in Nigeria. Recognizing the great role women are playing in promoting sustainable national development, ARFH join the international community to celebrate women who are leading change in their respective industries. The Int'l Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made on the empowerment of women and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their communities. According to the United Nations, this year’s theme, 'Equality for women is progress for all' emphasizes how gender equality, empowerment of women, women's full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. It also stresses the vital role of women as agents of change and development.
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ARFH Participation at the 1st West and Central Africa Constituency Meeting Of The Global Fund

AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are among key major disease burden that Nigerians are faced with daily. The substantial increase in resources dedicated to health through development assistance and other sources in the last ten years is changing the trajectory of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, as well as other health problems in Nigeria. Though HIV/AIDS and Malaria is in the decline in Nigeria, more remain to be done.

The Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM)-Nigeria of the Global Fund through the Chairman and Minister of Health, Prof. C.O Onyebuchi Chukwu recently hosted participants from the West and Central Africa (WCA) Constituency of the Global Fund Board for a Pre-Board meeting, first of its kind in Global Fund history. Aimed at reviewing the indicative agenda of the Thirty-First Global Fund Board with a view to arriving at a common position, the meeting created an interactive forum for the WCA Constituency to share best practices, agreed on priority needs review the Constituency Annual Action Plan. Expressing is pleasure that the meeting was held, Prof O.A. Ladipo, President/CEO of ARFH who was accompanied by Dr. Felix Iwuala and Dr. Queen Ogbuji maintained that the meeting was an opportunity to exchange views and strengthen relationship among Francophone and Anglophone countries in the region.

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ARFH at the launch of Newborn Publication, 'Ending Newborn Death'

As the deadline for achieving Millennium Development Goals approaches and Nigeria's Newborn mortality rates remain among the highest in the world, it is very vital that countries like Nigeria make urgent and substantial improvements in Child survival indices. But this won't happen in Nigeria unless the crisis of newborn deaths is tackled. ARFH joined Save the Children and partners in newborn and child health to call on governments and partners to renew effort towards child survival across the world. Research indicates that Newborn deaths are 2-times higher among poor households than they are with the rich and nearly 30% higher within the first 24 hours of birth. With the Every Newborn Action Plan being developed to drive renewed commitments around Newborn health, the year 2014 offers a good opportunity for recording milestones in Newborn survival.
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Increasing Access to Contraceptives in Nigeria Through Task-shifting to Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWS)

The proportion of women who die in pregnancy, birth or related complications remains high in Nigeria. As Africa's most populous country with a population of 168.8million (NPC, 2012) and a growth rate of 3.2% per annum, Nigeria has high maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of 630 women per 100,000 live birth (UN, 2010). Some of the factors contributing to the problem are too frequent births and limited access to desired methods of contraception. In Nigeria, only 10% of the 40 million women of reproductive age are using modern contraceptives while family planning needs of 20.2% are not being met.
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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria Visits ARFH

The Management and staff of ARFH welcome The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to ARFH Abuja Office and wish them successful oversight visit to Nigeria. ARFH as a Principal Recipient (Global Fund HIV&AIDS and TB Round 9), works in collaboration with the Nigerian government and CSOs to implement innovative programmes on HIV/AIDS ( OVC, Community System Strengthening, Home Base Care) and for the creation of demand for TB services through health education, social mobilization and awareness creation via trained community volunteers and Community Based Organization (CBO) as well as strengthening the technical and managerial capacity of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control program (NTBLCP)
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MOBIL PRODUCING NIGERIA SUPPORTS ARFH TO REACH YOUTH CORPS MEMBERS WITH SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND MALARIA PREVENTION INFORMATION

The Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) received support from Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) to implement a youth-focused project titled 'Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health of Youth Corps Members and Young People in Two Nigerian States'. This initiative was designed to provide support to the existing National Reproductive Health, HIV and AIDS prevention and care project through the NYSC in two states in Nigeria (Federal Capital Territory - FCT and Niger) during the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) orientation programme for Batch C 2013 corps members in the states.
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Active TB Case Findings through Community Engagement in Nigeria

The Links for Children OVC Project, a five-year project aimed at expanding access to care and support for 11,950 vulnerable children (VC) in three states of Nigeria (Kaduna, Bauchi, and Katsina) handed over renovated block of three classrooms School in Bauchi State in an effort to expand access to treatment services, care, and support for children and by complementing government's effort in providing quality basic education service.
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Expanding access to care and support for OVCs in Bauchi state

The Links for Children OVC Project, a five-year project aimed at expanding access to care and support for 11,950 vulnerable children (VC) in three states of Nigeria (Kaduna, Bauchi, and Katsina) handed over renovated block of three classrooms School in Bauchi State in an effort to expand access to treatment services, care, and support for children and by complementing government's effort in providing quality basic education service.
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#AIDSFree Generation: Reality or Myth for Young people With Disabilities

Young people continue to remain at the center of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. Their behaviour, the extent to which their rights are protected, and the services and information they receive determine the quality of life of millions of young people including young people living with disabilities.
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House of Representatives Committee on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria visited ARFH/Global fund supported Project sites

On Wednesday, November 20th 2013, the President/CEO of ARFH Prof O.A Ladipo, on behalf of the Board of Trustees welcomed the Chair and members of House of Representatives Committee on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on their visit to ARFH as part of their oversight function to formulate effective legislative measures for the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In attendance to receive the Committee members were the Director of Programs, Mrs. Kehinde Osinowo, Director of Finance & Admin, Mr. Joseph Majiyagbe and other staff members.
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Prof O. A Ladipo Speaks at the 2nd Annual Population Lecture Series

Nigeria's Quest for Demographic Dividend

Nigeria has been undergoing explosive population growth and has one of the highest fertility rates of 5.7 in the world (PRB 2011 Data sheet). By projections, Nigeria is one of eight countries expected to account collectively for half of the world's total population increase from 2005–2050. At the centre of this explosive population growth are young people; one of Nigeria's greatest resources says Prof O. A Ladipo at the 2nd Annual Population Lecture Series held at Sheraton Hotel Abuja on November 26th 2013. He further added that the attention to the unique needs of this population could not be timely. Adolescent mothers face devastating social, educational, economic and health outcomes. Girls who become pregnant confront discrimination within their communities and are often forced to drop out of school or get married.
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GF TB Project: WHO Consultants from Geneva Visits ARFH

Mr. Leopold Blanc and Darcy Richardson, consultants from World Health Organization paid a curtsey visit to Association for Reproductive and Family Health, they were accompanied by Dr. Awe, the TB National Programme officer at WHO and Dr Rupert Eneogu, National TB and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP). The team was welcomed by Prof. O. A. Ladipo, President/CEO and Dr. Queen Ogbuji, TB Project Coordinator at ARFH. Speaking, Prof Ladipo commended the Global Fund for their continuous funding of TB work and urged Nigerian government to continue to support GFATM and whiling investing more in the control of Tuberculosis in Nigeria. He further lamented the poor visibility of TB as a serious public health issue in Nigeria and urged partners to do more. He enjoined the Media to continue to play their role in helping to inform and educate people which will in turn help to reduce stigma in the community.
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ARFH, The Global Fund and SFH honored

ARFH, The Global Fund and SFH honored by Federal Ministry of Education at the Close-out Meeting of Global Fund Supported FLHE Project Phase 1
ARFH as a Principal Recipient (Global Fund HIV&AIDS consolidated round 5&9) provided oversight functions to the Federal Ministry of Education to enhance the capacity of teachers to be able to deliver factual Family Life and HIV Education (FLHE) information to in-school adolescents using the curricular based approach.
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ARFH: Female Condom Advocacy

Increase Female Condom Availability, Affordability and Accessibility
One of the 13 'over looked' life-saving commodities is Female Condom which is a power tool to empower women with partners unwilling to use condom, protecting her against unwanted pregancy and sexually transmited diseases says Prof. C.O Onyebuchi, Honourable Minister of Health, speaking at the launch of the Female Condom Advocacy Project supported by the Univeral Access to Female Condom Joint Programme (UAFC)
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ARFH: Adolescent and Young People Reproductive Health

Coalition of Nigerian Civil Society organizations on ICPD+20 calls on governments to invest more in girl Child Education as a way of improving adolescent and young people reproductive health
Civil Society organizations in Nigeria participating at the ongoing Africa Regional Conference on Population and Development have urged Nigeria and Africa governments to increase investment in adolescent and young people reproductive and sexual health as well as increase support for girl child education.
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