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HIV programme develops first Annual Operational Plan

16th Dec, 2019 | By Prudence Okonna | ||

The need to have a working annual operational plan for the HIV/AIDS in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has brought together major stakeholders as well as implementing partners to work out modalities and strategies in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

This was the focus of stakeholders at a four day residential workshop held at Akwanga, Nassarawa state and hosted by the FCT AIDS and STIs Control Program (FASCP) of Public Health Department, Health and Human Services Secretariat, with support from FHI 360 Global Fund HIV grant through Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative (AHNi).

Declaring the workshop open, the Director Public health in the Secretariat, Dr Josephine Okechukwu while addressing participants said the operational plan was a tool to advocate more resources at the management level and also to allow partners key in. Represented by the Head of Disease Control Division of the Department, Dr Saddiq Abdulrahaman, the Director said the Annual Operational Plan will be a turning point and make a difference in 2020.

The program manager for FASCP, Dr Benson Udu said this was the first time major stakeholders were converging to work on an annual plan, adding that at the end of the four day workshop, they should be able to come up with a robust, cost effective, implementable, operational, HIV/AIDS response plan in FCT for the year 2020. Highlighting the major limitations of activities for 2019 of the HIV/AIDS health sector, Dr Udu said they were majorly marred by inadequate funding.

AHNi as a major supporter of the event is an indigenous non-profit organization, affiliated to FHI 360 incorporated in Nigeria to provide technical assistance to the Nigerian government on research development, humanitarian, educational and public health sectors. AHNi is a Sub-Recipient to FHI 360 on the new Global Fund HIV Grant titled "Optimizing HIV Investment for Impact Grant in Nigeria.

The workshop which spanned from the 10th to 13th December 2019 was coordinated by FCT Agency for the Control of AIDS (FACA). Other implementing partners included Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN), Aids Health Care foundation (AHF) and Network of people living with HIV (NEPWAN).

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