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Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN)

The Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) was established in 2004 as an affiliate of the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore in the United States of America. It has grown to become a leading local non-governmental organization addressing the HIV/AIDS crises in Nigeria through the development of infrastructure for treatment, care, prevention, and support for people living with and those affected by HIV/AIDS but has now expanded its services to other infectious and non-infectious diseases including, cancer, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases. IHVN is structured to develop and maintain linkages with local and international organizations in collaborative ways that support the Government of Nigeria's health sector strategic plans. IHVN key technical and funding partners are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The Institute now offers Anti-retroviral Treatment (ART) services in 476 facilities, PMTCT services in 569 facilities, tuberculosis services in 143 facilities and HIV Counseling and Testing Services in 620 facilities under its ACTIONPlusUp project. Also, through funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, DR-TB, 16 treatment centers offer treatment for drug resistant tuberculosis, 46 ART services and 164 PMTCT facilities. All these facilities and treatment centers comprise of primary, secondary and tertiary health centers in twenty-six states. At least Fourteen of the hospitals it supports are University Teaching Hospitals. IHVN, which has expanded activities to meet the growing public health challenges in Nigeria, has grown into an organization of about 502 staff members, from initial staff strength of ten.  HIV Services

The HIV program of the Institute focuses on anti-retroviral treatment for adult and children (including pregnant women), laboratory diagnosis and tracking of patient's status, care and support, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services, HIV counseling and testing, support to orphans and vulnerable children, training and research. The table below show achievements made in this area

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