BACKGROUND: Kogi state is located in North West zone of Nigeria. The state has HIV prevalence of 7.0%. Support for the provision of comprehensive HIV/AIDS services to Kogi
State government began in September, 2007 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Kogi State Government through the State Ministry of Health and International Centre for AIDS Care and treatment programs (ICAP) Nigeria. CIHP currently supports 4 comprehensive Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) sites with full laboratory support, one ART site with Minimal laboratory support, 7 standalone Prevention of Mother to Child Treatment (PMTCT) sites, 3 HIV Couseling and Testing (HCT) sites located in tertiary institutions and 6 Tuberculosis- Directly Observed Therapy (DOTS) sites. There are 22 local government areas (LGAs) in Kogi, out of which CIHP supports 7. These include Okene, Ogori-Mangongo, Ajaokuta, Idah, Ofu, Dekina, and Olamaboro Local Government Areas. CIHP also supports two community-based organizations in the state.
CIHP is involved in capacity building for all cadres of health providers and supervisors in Kogi State. Over 200 healthcare providers and medical personnel have been trained on various clinical management of HIV disease, Tuberculosis, opportunistic infections, system diagnosis and program management courses. About 30 directors and health facility supervisors from the State Ministry of Health (SMOH), Hospitals Management Board (HMB), Kogi State Agency for Control of AIDS (KOSACA) and Local government (LG) Health authorities have been trained on clinical systems mentorship and leadership skills. CIHP supports several intra and extra facility meetings which help to strengthen program management abilities of staff at the service delivery points and also improve the health outcomes of the clients. These meetings include patient care team meeting, project management team meetings, CMEs and support group and other state wide meetings.
Center for Integrated Health Programs (CIHP),
Along Larosons Hotel Road, Old GRA,
Lokoja, Kogi State.
Deputy State Program Manager
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