Columbia University’s International Centre for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs commenced in Nigeria in 2005 with funding from the US Government through the Track 1.0 US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) initiative. The funding guideline involved an orderly transition of USG funding and implementation responsibility to indigenous organizations.
It is in fulfilment of this requirement, that ICAP initiated a process to responsibly transit administrative, finance and program management responsibilities to an indigenous entity – the Centre for Integrated Health Programs (CIHP). The emergence of this new organization is a demonstration of the leadership and commitment of the US Government to HIV/AIDS mitigation efforts in the world in general and specifically in Nigeria.
CIHP became a legal entity in June 2010 and a phased approach to transition is being implemented. Hence, Kaduna state ICAP office transited to CIHP in November, 2010. By the end of February, 2011, Kogi and Akwa Ibom ICAP offices also transited to CIHP and the remaining three states of Gombe, Benue and Cross River will be CIHP supported by September 2011. All the activities implemented by ICAP in these states will be taken over by CIHP and in addition, CIHP will provide interventions to address other public health concerns like, malaria, TB, reproductive health, immunizations etc. Lastly, to successfully implement these health programs, CIHP is committed to strengthening the building blocks of the health systems and supporting gender mainstreaming and empowerment.
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