ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all.

Right to health

Right to health is one of the priority areas in which ActionAid works in Nigeria. Our focus within the theme is the improvement of reproductive health within our focal communities through works with government, institutions and the organisations of poor people to strengthen health system with relevant policies implementation.

Our ongoing projects and programmes include, Enhancing National Response (ENR) to HIV and AIDS; Enhancing Essential Sexual and Reproductive Health Services among Internally Displaced Persons and Post Conflict Communities (RSHIDP); HIV and AIDS Budget Tracking and Advocacy (HABTA), Health System Strengthening (HSS)  and Nigeria AIDS Response Fund (NARF).

ENR is a six year Integrated Institutional Strengthening, Governance and HIV Prevention Programme, funded by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID). Working in partnership with the Society for family Health and other partners, we seek to contribute to Nigeria’s achievement of the Millennium Development Goal 6 by reducing the spread of the HIV epidemic and mitigating the impact of AIDS on the lives of the most at risk and vulnerable groups.

Other members of the consortium are Population Services International (PSI), BBC WST, Options Consultancy Services Limited (Options), Benguela Health (Pty) Ltd (Benguela), Population Council and Crown Agents. The programme is being implemented in Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross River, Kaduna, Lagos, Nasarawa and Ogun states.

RSHIDP is supported by the European Commission and ActionAid Nigeria and located in South-South and North Central Nigeria (Cross River, Nasarawa, Delta and Plateau).  The overall aim of this project is to reduce maternal and under-five mortality while mitigating the impact of STIs and HIV/AIDS in select post conflict communities and among  internally displaced persons in Nigeria.

HABTA supported by MacArthur Foundation is located in Enugu, Cross River and Plateau States and has the goal to contribute to reduction of HIV prevalence in the focal states. 

The project seeks to build SACA capacity in Enugu and Plateau States on participatory budgeting, gender budgeting and budget tracking, improved oversight role of legislative arm of government on HIV/AIDS resources.

NARF is located in South-South and North Central Nigeria and supported by CIDA to promote engendered policies and legislations related to HIV and AIDS with right-based approach.

It seeks to enhance capacity of SACA and CSOs in the focal states for Right base and gender programming expected to lead to reduction in rights denial in the face of HIV and AIDS among poor and vulnerable groups in Nigeria.

The rising pressure on national resources by three epidemics of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (ATM) necessitated the initiative of Health System Strengthening (HSS) funded by the Global Fund. Scaling up the response to the three diseases will not be successful without strengthened community systems.

In the context of health, community systems strengthening (CSS) is therefore an approach we have adopted to promote the development and sustainability of communities and community organisations and actors.

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