With an estimated 3.2 million people living with HIV, Nigeria has an enormous HIV/AIDS challenge which is a huge burden. A low-yield of only 2.9% means tracing infected patients requires enormous resource mobilization, project planning and systematic data collection to bring patients into care. The underlying challenge is the impact of this in terms of population sizes versus facility capacity in order to provide quality HIV/AIDS care and treatment.
EQUIP’s role will be to provide Technical Assistance and Direct Service Delivery through the entire spectrum of providers and local implementing partners in the USAID supported sites of Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Cross Rivers, Rivers and Abuja FCT.
Health indicators in Nigeria are some of the worst in Africa. The country has one of the fastest growing populations globally, and the second largest number of people living with HIV globally and accounts for nine percent of the global HIV burden.
Although Nigeria is the one of the largest economies in sub-Saharan Africa, it must overcome significant development and governance challenges to fulfill its true potential. Per the United Nations, the country has one of the world’s lowest per capita social spending levels resulting in sixty-five percent of the 186 million citizens living in extreme poverty. These conditions breed disaffection in youth, provide an entry point for Islamic extremism, entice corruption, and promote ineffective governance. Northeast Nigeria has become one of the world’s most complex humanitarian crises due to the Boko Haram insurgency and extremely low levels of development in the region. Additionally, acute insecurity, protracted displacement, loss of income, and lack of agricultural production as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency have left millions of people vulnerable.