Counseling, Care and Antiretroviral Mentoring Project, CAMP
With a population of approximately 174.5 million people, Nigeria’s HIV prevalence rate is only 3.7%. Nevertheless, this percentage still yields the world’s sec¬ond highest number of HIV positive adults and children. Due to a lack of education on disease prevention, HIV continues to spread in Nigeria. In 2008, PfD won an award from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to implement a 5-year project entitled “Counseling, Care and Antiretroviral Mentoring Project” (CAMP) initially in two states – Akwa Ibom and Delta – in Nigeria. This award, a Cooperative Agreement, was administered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provided technical and administrative oversight. The primary goal of CAMP was to provide a comprehensive package of care for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), including adult and pediatric care and treatment, antiretroviral treatment (ART), care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT), and HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) in Akwa Ibom and Delta states. In 2009, CDC approved the expansion of some components of CAMP–Prevention, PMTCT, HTC and OVC–to Benue and Bauchi states to meet pressing need in those areas. Also following the program’s initial success, a 2012 grant from UNICEF allowed PfD to further expand CAMP into Ughelli state.
CAMP provided a compre¬hensive package of care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS, including assis¬tance for orphans and vulnerable children, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, sexual prevention, and adult and pediatric care and treatment services. CAMP com¬bined facility- and community-based sup¬port for HIV-infected people to support their ability to access quality treatment. CAMP also supported the improvement of laboratory testing centers to help meet the demand for quick, accurate test results.
During the five years of implementation, PfD/CAMP worked with 7 local community-based organizations, 40 secondary health facilities and 67 primary health centers (public and private) to deliver services to people in need. PfD worked closely with staff and volunteers at local community based-organizations to build their capacity to deliver important information on HIV/AIDS. With this training, community-based organizations have been able to conduct numerous sensitization campaigns, prevention messaging, testing and counseling, home‐based care and facilitated activities for OVC within target populations. Ultimately, CAMP reached over 105,000 members of its key target groups with important information about preventing and treating HIV/AIDS, and helped 51,000 pregnant women learn their HIV status for the first time.