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U.S. Initiates Review of Efforts to Combat HIV in Nigeria, Unveils Integrated Health Services Plan

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has undertaken a comprehensive review of its initiatives aimed at assisting Nigeria in eliminating Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) as a public health threat by 2030. This move underscores the U.S.’s ongoing commitment to the fight against HIV in Nigeria.

The announcement was made during the 3rd Biannual Program Performance Review and Stakeholder Engagement Meeting, held from October 17 to 19, 2023. The event served as a pivotal platform for assessing and adapting programs to address the evolving landscape of HIV response in Nigeria. The U.S. CDC’s support extends to 19 states in Nigeria.

Integrated Health Services Delivery Initiative

In addition to the program review, the United States unveiled its plans for an integrated health services delivery initiative. This initiative is poised to revolutionize healthcare delivery in Nigeria, enhancing access to comprehensive healthcare services. According to a recent press release, the integrated health services platform will contribute to augmenting existing efforts and improving the overall quality of healthcare services accessible to the Nigerian population.

Suzanne Theroux, the Country Deputy Director of the U.S. CDC, underscored the organization’s unwavering commitment to leveraging science and data to guide the development and implementation of sustainable, state-led health programs. This approach is integral to achieving long-term success in combatting HIV.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, David Greene, emphasized the importance of building connections across diseases, responses, and routine health activities, such as immunization. Such connections are expected to reinforce Nigeria’s healthcare and public health systems, fostering a more resilient and integrated approach to healthcare.

Chukwuma Anyaike, the Director of Public Health, who represented the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, acknowledged the significance and efficacy of partnerships in Nigeria’s HIV response. Anyaike also highlighted the persistent need to close identified gaps in HIV testing and treatment. Emphasizing data and innovative technology as crucial tools for improving health outcomes in Nigeria, he reinforced the imperative of ongoing collaboration in the pursuit of sustainable solutions.

The United States’ dedication to combatting HIV in Nigeria remains steadfast, and with the introduction of this integrated health services delivery initiative, the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders are poised to make significant strides towards achieving the goal of ending HIV as a public health threat by 2030.

Learn more:

  1. US CDC Introduces Integrated Health Service Delivery Initiative to Improve Health Outcomes – U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria
  2. US CDC Launches Integrated Health Service Delivery Initiative To Enhance Health Outcomes | Science Nigeria
  3. Centering PEPFAR in U.S. Global Health Security Strategies
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