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Status: Ongoing Project

Integrated Child Health and Social Services Award (ICHSSA)

About the Project

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

The Project seeks to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on vulnerable children and their households in ten LGAs namely Agege, Ajeromi/Ifelodun, Apapa, Badagry, Kosofe, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Ojo, Shomolu and Surulere.  It is a five year project (2019-2024), with a critical mass of ten 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 State.

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

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