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.

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NATIONAL HIV COUNSELING AND TESTING DAY 2016

CHEERS conducted free HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) to commemorate the National HCT day for the year 2016 in Bwari and Morg plaza both in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. HCT is an entry point to HIV/AIDS services. Without it, diagnosing HIV may not be possible except when an individual comes down seriously with some of the known symptoms of the disease.

The goal of the outreach was to provide opportunity for people to know their HIV/AIDS status by undergoing HIV counseling and testing. To also support the outreach, CHEERS offered free blood sugar and blood pressure checks to the clients

At the end of the outreach, over two hundred persons were counseled and tested. These persons became aware of their HIV status. Those who tested negative were counseled on the ways to remain negative while those with positive test result were counseled on how to live positively without infecting others after which they were referred to the facilities for treatment.

FREE MEDICAL OUTREACH AND HIV COUNSELLING & TESTING AT WASSA COMMUNITY APO DISTRICT, ABUJA MUNICIPAL AREA COUNCIL, FCT-ABUJA

The Center for Health Education, Economic Rehabilitation and Social Security (CHEERS) was engaged by the combined partnership of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and Foreign Affairs Ministry on 27th May 2016 to conduct a day Free HIV Testing and Counseling   for the internally displaced persons living in Wassa district camp of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

The goal of the outreach was to bring health/medical services closer to the IDPs in the camp and also treat identified ailment. The officials of the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, AMAC executives and medical doctors were also part of the outreach.

CHEERS provided free HIV Counseling and Testing and Blood Pressure check while NACA handled  the  medical consultation with doctors as well as a mobile pharmarcy store which dispensed free drugs as prescribed for attending patients by the doctors.

At the end of the outreach,  the total 148 internal displaced persons were tested and counseled and no positive was recorded. With the success of this outreach, it is hopeful that the disease burden in the camp has been reduced.  Also relief materials were distributed to the IDPs by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

CHEERS…CREATING SMILES!

COPING WITH HIV/AIDS STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION

December 17, 2015

Stigma is a common reation to certain diseases. Many diseases have carried stigma in the past including Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Leprosy, Tubercluosis, Cancer and mental illnesses.

HIV is a virus, some people are afraid because they do not understand it. They discriminate against people living with HIV. This makes it difficult for people living with HIV to talk about it and seek help.

Useful Tips:

1. Know that you did nothing wrong, you only have a “chronic disease”,  that you can still live with.

2. Learn about HIV/AIDS so you can explain to

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