- Local OVC Partners in Nigeria Region 3 (HIFASS-LOPIN 3)
Health Initiatives for Safety and Stability in Africa – Local OVC Partners in Nigeria Region 3 (HIFASS-LOPIN 3) started in 2014 as a five-year USAID-funded project, implementing the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program in Cross River and Ebonyi States, with the goal of mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and their households.
The project works to improve systems and structures at state, LGA and community levels to ensure provision of quality care, protection and support services to Children Living with HIV (CLHIV), Adolescents Living with HIV (ALHIV) and their households and support improved organizational and technical capacities of local CSOs to provide care and support services to CLHIV and ALHIV in all states of operation.
As at August 2018, 56,818 OVCs and Caregivers were catered for by the project. They received services in health, education, birth registration, psychosocial support, HIV Testing Services and economic empowerment for vulnerable households and adolescents in the form of seed grants for business startup, skill acquisition and receipt of start-up materials for business. After attainment of the nationally approved care level, 23,972 beneficiary OVCs and their households were graduated from the project. This graduation covered implementation sites in Ebonyi state and nine Local Government Areas in Cross River state.
With the realignment of PEPFAR activities in 2018, project activities were streamlined to five local government areas in Cross River state – Calabar South, Calabar Municipal, Akamkpa, Odukpani and Akpabuyo. Services received by the enrollees include Community Case Management, referral services, nutritional assessment as well as growth monitoring and referral of malnourished children to care, economic empowerment of highly vulnerable households, educational support, Gender Based Violence prevention and response, child and social protection services etc.
In 2019, USAID introduced the surge response to HIV strategy, after review of the National AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS). HIFASS-LOPIN 3 was given three additional states of implementation – Akwa Ibom, Kano and Adamawa State. With the same goal but with greater focus on children, the project is working hard to identify positive children, link them to treatment and ensure their caregivers are empowered with knowledge (for example – proper nutrition) and other areas including economic support, where necessary, so the children can receive appropriate care and lead normal lives.
Ultimately, it is expected that every child enrolled in the project will emerge healthy, safe, stable, schooled.
- HJF Medical Research International LTD Gte funded Programs/Projects
The HJF Medical Research International Ltd Gte (HJFMRI Ltd Gte) through the Military HIV Research program (MHRP) is working to enhance/ensure continued services for HIV/AIDS care and treatment and have developed different programs/project of which HIFASS is managing the personnel.
In September 2018, HIFASS entered a 5 year yearly renewable contract with HJF Medical Research International LTD Gte. This year period of performance was modified from 9/30/2018 through 9/29/2019 to 9/30/2019 to 9/29/2020. The total funded amount of ₦351,795,092.29 has been increased by ₦433,866,406.73, thereby increasing the total funding amount to ₦785,661,499.02. The period of performance for this effort shall align with the prime award anticipated to cover 2018-2022.
The aim of the agreement is for HIFASS to provide personnel management services in Nigeria to ensure continued services for HIV/AIDS care and treatment. HIFASS will hire and manage staff with oversight from DOD WRP-N/HJFMRI Ltd Gte. HIFASS will also manage healthcare workers who facilitate research and strengthen service delivery across military clinical sites located within 17 states of Nigeria providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS service. These personnel would be spread across the 5 programs/project sites:
- PEPFAR: HIFASS provides personnel, manpower and technical assistance to MNOD-supported facilities in resource insecure geographical areas for 25 military hospitals across Nigeria.
- Research RV-329: AFRICOS- a 15 year study called the African Cohort Study, longitudinal study to access the impact of clinical practices, biological factors and socio-behavioural issues on HIV infection and disease progression in a African context in sites at DHQMC Abuja and 68NARH Yaba Lagos.
- Research RV-466: Severe Infectious Disease Surveillance and Detection in West Africa.
- JWARG: Severe Infectious Disease Surveillance and Detection in West Africa.
- Research RV-515: HIV and STI incidence and Risk Behaviours among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) and Female Sex Workers (FSWs) in Nigeria.
The place of performance for the provision of personnel management services in Nigeria to ensure continued services for HIV/AIDS care and treatment will be at 30 military clinical and research sites across 18 states in Nigeria.
- Defence Headquarters Medical Centre Abuja
- 063 Nigerian Airforce Base Abuja
- 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna State
- 461 Nigerian Airforce Hospital Kaduna State
- Armed Forces Specialist Hospital Kano State
- 1 Brigade Medical Centre, Sokoto State
- 7 Division Hospital Maiduguri State
- 33 Artillery Brigade Medical Centre Bauchi State
- 161 Nigerian Airforce Hospital Makurdi, Benue State
- 561 Nigerian Airforce Hospital Jos, Plateau State
- 3 Division Hospital Rukuba, Jos, Plateau State
- 302 Medical Reception Station Onitsha, Anambra State
- 82 Division Hospital Enugu State
- 34 Brigade Medical Centre Owerri, Imo State
- Nigerian Navy Hospital Calabar, Cross River State
- Nigerian Navy Hospital Warri, Delta State
- Military Hospital Benin, Edo State
- Military Hospital Port Harcourt, Rivers State
- Nigerian Naval Medical Centre Onne, Rivers State
- 6 Battalion MRS Ibagwa Abak, Akwa Ibom State
- 561 Nigerian Airforce Hospital Ikeja, Lagos State
- Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Ojo, Lagos State
- 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Yaba, Lagos State
- Military Hospital Creek Road Lagos State
- 2 Division Hospital Ibadan, Oyo State
- Nigerian Navy Ship Jubilee, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State
- Nigerian Navy FOB Sick Bay, Ibaka, Akwa Ibom State
- Nigerian Airforce Hospital Port Harcourt, Rivers State
- Nigerian Navy Medical Centre, Apapa, Lagos State
- Nigerian Navy Medical Centre Borokiri, Rivers State
Since entering the agreement HIFASS has engaged and is currently managing 101 personnel across the 5 program/project areas.