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Nigeria: USAID, Saraki Provides Care for HIV Patients – Article from the Daily Trust

Friday, November 12th, 2010

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A family-centered care platform in the shape of a Children’s Playroom was officially commissioned by the first lady of Kwara State, Mrs. Toyin Saraki at the Children’s Specialist Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State.

The Playroom is the product of partnership between the Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Prevention Organizational Systems AIDS Care and Treatment project, ProACT, the Kwara State Government and Well-Being Foundation, an NGO founded by Mrs. Saraki.

The wife of the Governor commended ProACT for the human and material resources which went into establishing the child-friendly space, stressing; “it assists HIV-positive mothers and their children who now feel more comfortable when they visit the weekly clinic, and serves as a haven for those convalescing in the hospital.”

The Well-Being Foundation provided N150,000 (about $1,500) for renovation and equipment of the room with a television and video-compact disc recorder amongst other equipment, while Management Sciences for Health’s headquarters facilitated the provision of a wide array of toys donated by some schools in Cambridge, USA.

The partnership between USAID and the Kwara State Government is to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in the state, while providing treatment and care to those already infected.

ProACT activated HIV/AIDS services in the Children’s Specialist Hospital (CSH), Ilorin, in February, 2009, and established the Children’s room in March.

By February, 2010, 56 pediatric patients had been enrolled into the treatment at the hospital with eight of them on ARV treatment.

One hundred and fifty-one adults were also enrolled into the treatment while 40 are on ARV treatment.

Within a few months of establishment, pediatric uptake of HIV/AIDS services has grown from 56 to 91 patients by July 2010 (62.5% increase), while adult enrolment rose from 150 to 264 (76%).

by Ruby Leo
Published in the Daily Trust
9th November 2010

Source: Allafrica.com