CHEERS TRAINS COMMUNITY AND HEALTH FACILITY VOULUNTEERS ON PMTCT

In order to tackle the challenges hampering on the achievement of the elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Nigeria by 2015 and beyond, the need arose to increase synergy among stakeholders and scale up interventions focused on PMTCT in Nigeria. This informed CHEERS engagement in a training project within the two mapped out communities of work; Bwari Area Council, FCT and Lafia LGA, Nassarawa State.

Topics/Training Modules covered:

PMTCT * Introduction to HIV/AIDS * Overview of HIV Prevention in Mothers, Infants, and Young Children * Specific Interventions to Prevent MTCT of HIV * HIV Testing and Counselling for PMTCT * Infant Feeding in the Context of HIV Infection * Linkages to Clinical and Social Care and Support for Mothers and Families with HIV Infection * Stigma and Discrimination Related to MTCT of HIV * Safety and Supportive Care in the Work Environment * PMTCT Program Monitoring.

HCT

* HIV/AIDS and Commonly Related Conditions * HIV Prevention, Care, and Support * HIV Testing * Approaches of HCT * Introduction to Counselling * Counselling Using the HCT Protocol * Counselling in Other HCT Approaches * The mapping procedures was taught and carried out on the final day of the training. * The overall result of this training is expected to ultimately contribute to the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in these communities and Nigeria as a whole.

About Us

Welcome to CHEERS

WHO WE ARE

CHEERS is an indigenous Non-Governmental Organization and Implementing Partner with many years of experience implementing comprehensive HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care Services, Reproductive Health, Economic Empowerment and Social Security Programs in many states in Nigeria. In particular, CHEERS through the Oscar Foundation and NACA Projects tested more than 2 million Nigerians, initiated 35,000 PLHIV into treatment, tested more than 300,000 pregnant women, provided comprehensive OVC services to 4000 Orphans and Vulnerable Children over eight(8) years in the four geopolitical zones of the Nigeria.

CHEERS strength lies in the organizations ability to adopt proven strategies in community participation and strengthening health systems to respond adequately to the needs of PLHIV, OVC, PABA and Key Populations in the region of its program implementation. In 2012, CHEERS received UK Charity Trust funding to provide comprehensive and integrated SRH/HIV project in four Nigerian States.

Between 2014 and 2016, CHEERS with support from National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Oscar Foundation and Technical Assistance from the United Nations Joint Program on AIDS (UNAIDS) successfully implemented country wide HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Support as well as OVC, PMTCT, Social Security and Sexual Reproductive Health Services in Nigeria reaching more than 5million Nigerians with quality services.

Currently CHEERS is implementing as a Sub-Recipient on the Global Fund Investing for Impact against Tuberculosis and HIV Project for provision of comprehensive HIV/AIDS Services in two Nigerian states Anambra and Ebonyi. In the project, CHEERS is supporting and strengthening the two state governments to improve the quality of lives of PLHIV and ensuring a coordinated sustainable response is achieved in the states.

The organization has a well-structured and non-complicated governance mechanism that provides effective support to the management team in the overall delivery of programs and projects. The governance is made up of a Board of Trustees who are trustees of the organization selected based on their wealth of experience and successful career in the development sector.

The management team comprise of highly technical, skilled and professional staff that possess over 20years of experience in the development, health and non-health sectors of the health and non-health response sectors particularly within the public health domain. The management team coordinates every activity of the organization in the states of operation. Each state is composed of state team lead and technical officers who oversee, coordinate and provide support to project facilities and sites.

CHEERS is committed to contribute in Ending AIDS in Nigeria by 2030 !

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