With an estimated population of 4.2million people, Benue is located in north central zone of Nigeria. The state consistently has the highest HIV prevalence in Nigeria. It increased from 10.5 in 2005 to 10.6% in 2008 and then to 12.7% in 2010.
CIHP’s support to Benue State commenced in April 2006 after a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed with the State Ministry of Health. This support is mainly rural based because of the predominantly rural distribution of the state population. CIHP currently supports 16 out of the 23 local government area of the state with HIV services including Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Tuberculosis/HIV integration.
Local government area (LGA) currently supported are the following:
- Gwer West;
- Gwer East;
- Agatu; and
Comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment services are provided in Benue State through eight General Hospitals in the state and these are:
- General Hospital, North Bank;
- General Hospital, Mkar;
- General Hospital, Adikpo;
- General Hospital, Vandeikya;
- General Hospital, Okpoga;
- General Hospital, Sankera;
- General Hospital, Otukpo; and
- General Hospital, Wannue.
A total of sixteen other facilities in the state provide other services including Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Tuberculosis/HIV integration and Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART). PMTCT services are available at:
- FSP Clinic Makurdi,
- St. Gregory PHC Ikpaiyongo,
- St, Veronica PHC Wannune,
- Township Clinic Wannune NKST PHC Wannune,
- GH Ijadoga-Otukpa,
- GH Apa and
- GH Agatu.
While Tuberculosis/HIV integration services are functional at
- General Hospital, Naka
- General Hospital Gbajimba,
- Primary Health Centre, Fidi,
- Primary Health Centre, Vandeikya
- Hemko Hospital Markudi,
Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART) services are provided at
- General Hospital, Buruku.
CIHP partnered with three community based organization to provide HIV/AIDS information and services at the community level. These include Positive Health Media Initiative, Jireh Doo Foundation and Ecumenical Center for Justice and Peace
Centre for Integrated Health Programs (CIHP) Benue Office,
Along Atom Pera Road, Amakough Odunsi Street,
Makurdi, Benue state.
Dr. Plang Jwanle
State Program Manager
Phone: 2348174210043, 2348087001486