Through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the CDC Nigeria office provides technical assistance to help the Ministry of Health (MOH) implement an effective, efficient national HIV program. This support has contributed to saving the lives of men, women and children through HIV treatment services and a robust combination prevention strategy. Using a data-driven approach, this strategy is tailored to the unique characteristics of the local epidemic help for maximum health impact.
Working closely with the MOH, CDC supports the scale-up of high quality HIV prevention interventions including HIV treatment and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services. Other key activities include improving and expanding HIV/counseling and testing, and TB/HIV integrated service delivery. Health system strengthening support includes building country capacity in the areas of workforce development, operational research, epidemiology, surveillance, health information systems, and program monitoring and evaluation to assess program performance and make course corrections to keep pace with changes in the local epidemic.
Specific laboratory capacity building efforts have included the expansion of laboratory services to support the rapid scale-up of HIV treatment services as well as the establishment of a national reference lab capable of performing diagnostics for TB and other infectious and non-infectious diseases. CDC is also providing support for phase II field evaluation of HIV rapid test kits and the development of the National Medical Laboratory Strategic Plan.
Visit CDC’s HIV/AIDS Activities in Nigeria Web site, for more information about CDC’s HIV/AIDS activities in Nigeria.