HIV and COVID-19: Considerations for health care professionals
The novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, has caused major shifts in the delivery of HIV care, as well as general health care, in Nigeria. FHI 360’s Nigeria office, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health, is hosting a webinar series for health workers seeking to advance HIV care and treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussions are designed to provide lessons learned and best practices and to build enhanced capacity to optimize services. The series, shown live each Thursday during June 2020, will address these topics:
|9:30–11:00am (WAT, Abuja time)||Intersection of HIV and COVID-19: Considerations for health care professionals
This session will present a situation report of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and what we have learned to date, the relationship between HIV and COVID-19, critical components of risk communication and community engagement in the COVID-19 response, and standard infection prevention and control practices.
|14:30–16:00pm (WAT, Abuja Time)||Management of advanced HIV disease and treatment failure
Although most programs have adopted the test and start strategy and simplified management of patients, HIV mortality continues to occur and many patients continue to require more advanced management. This session will present the evidence, key recommendations and package of care for managing treatment failure and clients with advanced HIV disease.
|14:00–15:30pm (WAT, Abuja time)||Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): Uptake and coverage in Nigeria
PrEP uptake has remained relatively low in Nigeria, dues to several factors. This session will present the evidence and initial experience with scale-up of PrEP uptake in Nigeria.
|9:30–11:00am (WAT, Abuja time)||Turning challenges into opportunities: Innovations that ensure continuity of services in Northeast Nigeria
The onset of COVID-19 has impacted the operation of FHI 360’s Integrated Humanitarian Assistance to Northeast Nigeria project, forcing us to modify and adapt while being innovative in the delivery of essential services to the affected population. This webinar will focus on the humanitarian response and our integrated multisectoral approach amid the pandemic.