Global Action Towards HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control in SNU (4GATES) 2017- 2022
In 2018, Pro-Health International in Consortium with Caritas Nigeria as prime, Catholic Relief services and Palladium; was awarded a 5 year comprehensive HIV care and treatment grant to provided HIV services in Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states. PHI currently provides these comprehensive HIV care and treatment services to 6,955 HIV positive on ART in Ebonyi state.
PHI provides these services through a robust state and community engagement and in partnership with 37 treatment facilities made up 23 ART treatment facilities and 14 PMTCT facilities. HIV RNA viral load is the standard of care in monitoring patients on ART in Ebonyi.
INTEGRATED RESPONSE TO PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES IN NIGERIA (IRPHEN) 2014-2019
Integrated Response to Public Health Emergencies in Nigeria (IRPHEN) is a CDC funded Global Health Security project that has worked to strengthen the capacity of Port Health Services (Federal Ministry of Health) to prevent, detect and respond to public health events at Nigeria’s Points of Entry (ground crossing, airports and seaports). We have collaborated with stakeholders at 5 ports of entry to develop and test Public Health Emergency Contingency Plans (PHECP) that are now in operation, and currently working with the Federal Ministry of Health to develop a national for ports of entry.
IRPHEN will concentrate our energies on addressing bottlenecks to IHR implementation on a number of thematic areas, which will also include, but not limited to PoE (Port of Entry).
The Niger Delta Development Commission’s Free Health Program 2001 till date
PHI was the pioneer implementing organization of the NDDC-sponsored multi-million naira free health care program in the Niger Delta. This partnership started in 2001 when NDDC approached PHI to develop what has now become a model public-private partnership. The pilot project took place in Odi, Bayelsa State in 2001. At this time the federal government needed a rapid impact project to quickly restore credibility in the eyes of the Niger Delta people and provide immediate succor following a precipitated crisis. This was an opportunity to serve and an epoch making experience for both parties. The impact of the program was instant, reaching 2,362 men, women and children with qualitative medical care; 106 surgeries were successfully done. This led to a yearly renewal of the partnership between PHI and NDDC and grew in coverage and depth of impact and became a flagship for NDDC.
From the inception of the partnership in 2001, when we had 1 project in the first year to 18 projects in 2002, and subsequently over 30 projects per year, our capacity to carry out medical missions in rural, hard-to-reach terrains of the Niger Delta has increased tremendously.
From reaching 2,632 people in the pilot project, PHI was able to attend to 546,258 men, women and children through the NDDC Free Health Care Program from 2001-2011.
PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE FOR THE NORTHEAST INITIATIVE
As part of their Emergency Free Health Care Intervention Program, the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative partnered with Pro-Health International to embark on week-long free medical outreaches to 24 communities in the North Eastern States.
Professional medical and non-medical volunteers, from all over the country, were recruited to the North East to offer free medical services to those affected by the insurgency and its environs.
The week-long outreaches had an average of 90 professional medical and non-medical volunteers offer free medical services to the beneficiaries.
The intervention was carried out in two phases. Phase I was the pilot phase, with a community in each of the 6 North Eastern states benefiting from the intervention.
The Second phase consisted of three, one-week free medical outreach in three communities in each of the 6 North Eastern States. Communities/LGA visited include;
- Potiskum, Yobe State
- Molai, Borno State.
- Mubi, Adamawa State.
- Bayara, Bauchi State.
- Gombe, Gombe State.
- Takum, Taraba State.
- Gashua, Yobe State.
- Damagun, Yobe State.
- Maiduguri, Borno State.
- Biu, Borno State.
- Ganye, Adamawa State.
- Yola, Adamawa State.
- Kaltungo, Gombe State.
- Azare, Bauchi State.
- Ningi, Bauchi State.
- Zing, Taraba State.
- Wukari, Taraba State.
- Hong, Adamawa State.
- Jalingo, Taraba State.
- Bajoga, Gombe State.
The services offered during these outreaches included;
- Free general surgeries and specialized surgeries,
- Eye Surgeries,
- Dental procedures, extractions, fillings, Scaling and polishing and dentures fabrication.
- General outpatient and inpatient consultations.
- Eye care consultations and treatment including dispensing of eyeglasses.
- Pharmaceutical services.
- Supportive laboratory services.
- Health promotion activities, distribution of insecticide-treated Nets, provision of fortified pap for under-fives.
So far, 20 communities have been visited with a total of 90,980 patients receiving free medical services. Since the inception of the intervention, a total of 2319 surgeries (both specialized and general surgeries) have been carried out, with 2826 eye surgeries, including cataract and pterygiums. 6496 patients benefited from dental consultations with 22793 procedures (including dentures fabrication, composite fillings and extractions) carried out. Presently, a total of 203,401 individual intervention, from consultations, surgeries, procedures and health promotion activities have been carried out during the course of the intervention.