IHVN Mobilises Collaborative Efforts For Nationwide Implementation Of Global Fund TB/HIV Project

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The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) Campus

The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has revealed that it is actively seeking collaboration to implement the ambitious Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria Grant Cycle 7 (GC7) project across Nigeria. This nationwide initiative, focusing on HIV and tuberculosis prevention and treatment services, aims to make a significant impact.

IHVN’s chief executive officer, Dr. Patrick Dakum emphasised the importance of collective efforts in delivering the best services to Nigerians. In a statement released on Friday to the media, Dakum expressed confidence in the unified Nigerian team’s ability to achieve the grant’s goals, particularly in preventing and caring for individuals with tuberculosis and HIV.

Calling for collaboration and alignment at the state and local government levels, Dakum urged sub-recipients to avoid service duplication. He stressed the global community’s keen interest in Nigeria’s success, considering it the largest Global Fund grant awarded to a local non-governmental organisation. IHVN, as the principal recipient of the grant, is committed to providing a platform for success under national guidelines.

The GC7 project, spanning from January 2024 to December 2026, focuses on early diagnosis of TB and HIV, comprehensive care and increased tuberculosis services through public-private partnerships. Objectives also include expanding HIV testing for pregnant women and strengthening laboratories and supply chain management.

IHVN has enlisted reputable organisations as sub-recipients to provide tuberculosis services, including Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Caritas Nigeria, Damien Foundation Nigeria, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria, Leprosy & Tuberculosis Relief Initiative, Nigeria (LTR), The Leprosy Mission Nigeria (TLMN), REDAID Nigeria and Stop TB Nigeria.

For comprehensive HIV care services, the Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative (AHNi), Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS), Society for Family Health (SFH) and Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) will be involved.

IHVN welcomes collaboration, leadership, integration and community engagement to achieve the project’s goals and make a positive impact on the country’s health landscape.

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