ECEWS RECEIVES GLOBAL FUND HIV NEW FUNDNG MODEL GRANT TO BOOST HIV PREVENTION AMONG KEY POPULATIONS IN NIGERIA
The New Funding Model will reduce new HIV infections, and improve the quality of life for the infected and affected by providing Nigerians with universal access to high-quality, patient-centred prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services for TB, TB/HIV, and drug-resistant TB by 2020 and contribute to the restoration of public confidence in primary health care services in Nigeria, thereby reversing declines in the utilization of primary health care facilities.
Society for Family Health (SFH) as one of the Principal Recipients was saddled with the responsibility of implementing the prevention component which comprises Prevention Programmes among the General Population, Most-At Risk Population (MSM, FSW and PWID) and Action Research among Adolescent and Young People.
As a sub-recipient with Society for Family Health (SFH), ECEWS will be leveraging on her expertise and experience, in community engagement, team building, advocacies, training, and organizational capacity development to deliver training packages to 3 Key Populations (Female Sex Workers (FSW), Men who Sleep with Men (MSM), and People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in 5 target States (Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, and Oyo).
Under the Cluster for MARPs Intervention for 3 Key Populations (CLUMIN 3) Project which commenced September 1, ECEWS will conduct advocacy to relevant stakeholders and gatekeepers in the states, Strengthen Key Population (KP)-led Community Based Organizations (CBOs) where they exist by providing technical assistance, Form new KP-led CBOs in states where they do not exist, and Improve economic, political and legal environment for KPs.
ECEWS is a Most At Risk Population (MARP) friendly organization, having over 10 year experience in HIV intervention for key populations in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Abia, Imo, Enugu, Benue and Ebonyi States of Nigeria. Currently, ECEWS is implementing a 5 year comprehensive HIV care and treatment program in Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States with support from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Atlanta – USA, under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. Under this program ECEWS provides HIV prevention services, HTC, and TB services to 17,108 FSW, and 7,064 clients of FSWs including injecting and non-injecting drug users. ECEWS is also currently implementing a Reproductive Health and Condom programming for key populations in Benue, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States under the UNFPA funding.