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NGO trains people living with HIV, others in Katsina

The Society for Women Development and Empowerment of Nigeria (SWODEN)

The Society for Women Development and Empowerment of Nigeria (SWODEN), supported by the National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA), has organised a 5-day capacity building for people living with HIV and AIDS in Katsina State.

SWODEN’s Project Director, Ibrahim Umar Danbatta, said the programme was aimed at enhancing the capacity of the key and vulnerable population to enhance their service delivery in line with the HIV national framework.

Danbatta said the target groups include Association of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ASWAN), Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWAN) and the Association of Positive Youths Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (APYIN).

“During the 5-day training, we treated sessions in accordance with the National HIV strategic framework, where we need to enhance their capacity in how to implement the HIV intervention in accordance with the set target of 95/95/95,” the project director said.

He explained that the 95/95/95 meant that 95 per cent of the key vulnerable populations have been tested and know their HIV status, adding that “then, 95 per cent of those tested and confirmed positive are linked to care and treatment while 95 per cent of those on treatment are adhering to treatment and tested for viral load suppression.”

The project director explained also that the training, with SWODEN as the implementing partner, was designed to address the gaps in HIV service delivery to achieve the country’s set target by 2030.

Danbatta said NACA was supporting the intervention in 10 states of the federation, including Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Abuja, Niger, Kogi and Jigawa.