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Happy TB Survivors Recount Experiences

Picture Above: TB survivor, Zainab Muhammed.

Smiles have replaced Zainab Muhammed’s constant cough and chest pain. 22-year-old Zainab went to a patent medicine store for cough syrup when she was plagued with constant cough and took herbal medicines when the symptoms persisted for two months. In January 2022, a community volunteer spotted her during routine community visits.

My greatest joy is when children are HIV free, and the mothers are healthy – Mentor Mother

Picture Above: Comfort O. counseling a client at a Health Facility in Abuja.

Comfort O. had a bumpy journey to hope and health after discovering her HIV positive status in an ante natal clinic in 2008. However, with the intervention of the HIV program implemented by Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) with financial support from PEPFAR through US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), she is now living a healthy life with two HIV free children.

“I am Relieved that Tuberculosis Treatment is Free” – TB Survivor’s Guardian.

Figure Above: Esther Aremu now with her good Samaritan, Mrs Olayemi Aremu.

Esther Aremu was a bag of bones when she arrived Adeoyo Government Hospital in Ibadan in June 2021. Her father, a palm wine tapper, had no money to support her feeding or treatment. Her mother had died shortly after Esther was born. Esther’s Good Samaritan, Mrs Olayemi Aremu, had limited resources too – she had already spent money on feeding and caring for the malnourished baby.

IHVN Takes HIV services to Pregnant Women in Communities

Figure Above: Maternity Home Owner, Mrs. Yaro taking record of a pregnant woman.

To increase access to prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services by women in communities, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has engaged traditional birth attendants and maternity homes to screen for HIV and provide referral services. More than 100 of them have begun providing these services in the Federal Capital Territory; Rivers, Nasarawa and Katsina States.

D.R.E.A.M.S Girls Clubs Mentor Over 300 Girls for a Better Future

Figure Above: D.R.E.A.M.S club meeting in progress at Keffi, Nasarawa State.

Girls below the age of 18 in Nigeria face challenges such as harmful cultural practices, gender-based violence, early marriage, early pregnancy and exploitation. These harms deter and limit them from achieving their full potentials. To promote gender equity and advocate for social change in the community, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) with funding from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is implementing a project to bring girls together in clubs. The goal of the D.R.E.A.M.S girls club is to groom girls to be Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS Free, Mentored and Safe.