FHI 360 launches new Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project
The five-year Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), officially launched on May 8, 2012, at the Top Rank Galaxy Hotel, Utako in Abuja. The event was presided over by the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Terence P. McCulley. Also attending the launch were FHI 360’s President Emeritus, Dr. Peter Lamptey; the representative of the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Kabir Mansur (Director of Public Health); Prof. John Idoko (Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS); and Dana Mansuri (Mission Director, USAID); and 25 media representatives. The event, which was attended by 188 participants, was also used as a platform to disseminate the final report of the seven-year USAID-funded Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria (GHAIN) project.
Goodwill messages from national level stakeholders, including the Honorable Minister of Health, reinforced the positive impact of the preceding Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria (GHAIN) project and expressed enthusiasm on the probable outcomes of the SIDHAS project. Stakeholders also pledged to join hands with FHI 360 to ensure the success of the project. Beneficiaries of the GHAIN project graced the occasion to testify about the impact on their lives and livelihoods.
SIDHAS was awarded to FHI 360 in September 2011 to sustain cross-sectional integration of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) services by building Nigeria's capacity to deliver sustainable high-quality, comprehensive prevention, treatment, care and related services. The project, which spans September 2011 to September 2016, is being implemented across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory by a consortium of nine partners, with FHI 360 as the prime partner.