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Status: Ongoing Project

Integrated Child Health and Social Services Award (ICHSSA 2) Project

About the Project

The Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) is currently implementing the Integrated Child Health and Social Services Award (ICHSSA 2), in Lagos and Edo States, in partnership with Project HOPE and FHI360, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development (MYSD) and Edo State Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues (MSDGI).

The Project seeks to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on vulnerable children and their households in 24 LGAs- 11 in Lagos State (Agege, Ajeromi/Ifelodun, Apapa, Badagry, Kosofe, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Ojo, Shomolu, and Surulere) and 13 in Edo State (Akoko Edo, Egor, Esan Central, Esan North East, Esan South East, Esan West, Etsako East, Etsako West, Oredo, Orhionmwon, Ovia South West, Owan East, and Owan West).  It is a five-year project (2019-2024), with a critical mass of thirteen Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

 Scope of Services to Vulnerable Children and their Caregivers:

  • Health,
  • Education
  • Food/Nutrition
  • Psychosocial
  • Legal protection
  • Economic strengthening
  • Social protection
  • Household Economic Strengthening

In line with PEPFAR and UNAIDS “95-95-95” Goals, the ARFH-ICHSSA Project will facilitate identification of HIV positive children, linkage to treatment, and supported to achieve viral load suppression.

Project Goal

To mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and their caregivers in Lagos and Edo States.

Project Objectives

  • To make Households economically stable and food secure (HES and Nutrition)
  • To ensure communities secure the rights of OVC
  • To strengthen government capacity to deliver basic services and respond to child rights violation
  • To utilize Priority services targeted at specific OVC subpopulations

Priority Sub-population

  • Children Living with HIV (CLHIV)
  • HIV Exposed Infants
  • Children of Persons Living with HIV (CPLHIV)
  • Children Of key Populations
  • Survivors of Violence Against Children (SVAC)
  • At Risk Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW)
  • Adolescents Girls and Boys (9-14 years)

Our Strategies

  • Tracking CLHIV lost to follow up and link back to treatment
  • HIV Risk Assessment among children and AGYW in communities
  • Integrate OVC case management as part of ICT team to support identification and tracking of CLHIV
  • Support all CLHIV households enrolled with an array of comprehensive OVC services including livelihood support to HIV HH to ensure they are stable and resilient
  • Facilitate mobile ART and adherence support services
  • Enhance Site Management (ESM) with support from USAID
  • Provide assisted referral to CLHIV for treatment retention and viral load test
  • Support Adolescent care services at ART sites using case management, contact tracing and adolescent clubs
  • Strengthen systems and structures of government at
  • all levels and CBOs in OVC programming

For more information about ICHSSA project, contact:

Dr. Felix Iwuala
Chief of Party,
16, Collins Onabule Crescent, Diamond Estate. Off CMD Road. Magodo. Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria.
Mobile: +2348035077504, 08036456365
Email: iwuala.f@arfh-ng.org
Website: www.arfh-ng.org

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