Community based approach to achieving Universal Access to HIV Testing and Counseling

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Authors : Ademola Peter Oladipo, Babatunde Ladi-Akinyemi, Bolanle Banigbe, Patrick Akande, Toyin Jolayemi, Bola Thompson, Idoreyin Udosen, Prosper Okonkwo


Introduction: Achieving universal access to HIV services requires a mixture of strategies to increase opportunities for people to know their HIV status. APIN in conjunction with civil society organization and with funding support from Global Fund (GF) and National Agency for AIDS Control (NACA) embarked on community HTC outreach campaigns in Lagos, Plateau and Oyo States of Nigeria. Community entry, advocacy and mobilization were key start up strategies. 

Methods/Approach and Result: Partnership with Civil Society Organizations with strong presence leadership roles within the communities was the main approach to a community based approach to increasing uptake of HTC services in the three (3) states of Nigeria where AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria operated. Eighteen (18) LGAs, 189 communities and 154 ANC locations across three states benefited from the outreaches. 54,841(1.2% positivity rates) people among the general population and 36,061 (0.19% positivity rates) pregnant women were provided with HCT services over three weeks.

Conclusion: Alternative approaches to facility based HTC are critical to achieving universal access to HTC. Community based approach to HTC that relies on strong partnerships and collaboration with organizations that have commitments and leadership roles in the communities can improve uptake of services. It is a veritable approach for expanding access, availability and coverage of HTC services.

Keywords: Community, Partnership, Access, Uptake, eMTCT, Advocacy, Mobilization


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