Strengthening Civil Society and Faith Based Organizations' Capacity for Effective Responses to HIV/AIDS and Service Delivery in Nigeria

NECAINis the acronym for NELAConsortium AIDS Initiatives in Nigeria. Under the initiatives, the Network on Ethnics/Human Rights, Law, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Support & Care (NELA) leads a consortium of Civil Society Organizations (CSO), otherwise referred to as Multiplier Organizations, which comprises Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN), Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAAN) and Civil Society on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria North Central (CISHAN-NC) to implement a USAID/PEPFAR supported project titled “Strengthening Civil Society and Faith Based Organizations’ Capacity for Effective Responses to HIV/AIDS and Service Delivery in Nigeria”. These organizations have come together based on principles of true partnership, a shared common vision and goals to contribute to the overall Nigeria’s National Strategic Framework (NSF), which is to reduce impact of HIV/AIDS. Each consortium member has areas of strength to which the partnership builds upon as they get strengthened to be able to build the capacity of implementing Community Based Organizations (CBOs) for service delivery to achieve the project's mandate successfully.


The HIV Prevention Component will support activities on Abstinence and Being Faith among youths and married couples.

The care and support aspect provides support for provision of basic health care and support services such as Home Based Care, counselling and psychosocial services.

Care and Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC): The project will ensure quality care and support to OVC through provision of services such as health care, protection, shelter, food and nutrition, psychosocial care, educational support and vocational training. Household caregivers will also be supported economically to care for OVC.

Case Management: The project will support Federal Ministry of Women Affairs to further strengthen the institutionalization of OVC programming by State Ministries of Women Affairs, and Social Welfare Department at the Local Government level in selected Northern States.

Target Population: Youths (in and out of school); Married couples; People living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV); Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC); People Affected by AIDS (PABA); Health Carers; General population.


To contribute to the expansion of community level prevention, care and support services for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and to reduce the rate of HIV transmission among youths, couples and general population.

  1. To build the capacity of three multiplier organizations to provide management, technical and financial support to their local chapters (NGOs/CBOs/FBOs).
  2. To increase coverage and enhance the quality of civil society responses to HIV/AIDS at community level.
  3. To prevent HIV transmission among young people and couples.
  4. To improve the quality of life of people living with HIV, their families and communities.
  5. To provide comprehensive and compassionate care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
placesThe project services 24 Community Based Organisations in Eight States spanning all six geopolitical zones in three (3) years. The States are: Edo, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Jigawa, Borno, Adamawa, Osun and Ebonyi.
Made possible by the generous support of the American people.