Helping Stop the Spread of AIDS in NigeriaRATIONALE
Nigeria has the second largest incidence of HIV/AIDS infection in Sub-Saharan Africa and the third largest incidence in the world. In 2004, there were an estimated 3.5 million people living with AIDS (PLWAs). The PLWA population is estimated to be growing at a rate of 1,500 per day, or an infection every minute, and the number of HIV positive persons in Nigeria is expected to exceed 10 million by 2010. As the population of PLWAs expands, the need for improved care and support services becomes even more critical.
Nigeria boasts a vibrant and diverse community of civil society organizations (CSOs) well positioned to respond to the needs of PLWAs. Civil society organizations, and especially faith-based organizations (FBOs), are respected leaders in their communities, with legitimacy in healthcare and education programming, extensive reach to rural areas and vast community networks. However, many are newly established, have weak management structures, weak linkages with individuals or organizations outside their faith group, or limited capacity to scale up their programming. To capitalize on their potential to meet the needs of PLWAs in local communities, Nigerian CSOs and FBOs need to strengthen their organizational capacity.
Strengthening the capacity and sustainability of indigenous national and regional multiplier CSOs within Nigeria to manage and support their local chapters and other CSOs and initiatives.
Activity 1. Strengthening NGO capacity to respond to HIV/AIDS in their communities
LOP project results include: