technical visit
In view of NELA’s key objective of ensuring delivery of quality, effective and sustainable services to her target population. The NELA Program Team which is leading the NECAIN consortium- a USAID funded Program along with three other Multiplier organization that directly supervise 24 Community Based Organization working on HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Support for PLWHAs and OVC in eight states across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria took two weeks off routine office work at the Ibadan head office to visit each of the project sites. The aim of the visit was to assess: the quality of service delivery at the sites and to provide technical support service where necessary. In Ebonyi and Nassarawa states, the NELA PCO M&E Officer and an Assistant Program Officer visited six community based organization (CBOs), key achievement from the visit included;
  1. Improved capacity of CBOs to implement project activities successfully.
  2. VOFCA, SMLAS and WOCHAD due to the experience gained from the NELA lead NECAIN project have been able to access funding of more than N4 million each from PACT to carry out OVC activities.
In Maiduguri and Yola, the visiting team led by NELA PM visited six CBOs and their project sites. A key lesson learnt from the visit was the need for every program officer to learn, and be conversant with adult learning techniques and employ these during TSV's. A number of action points were reached with deadline for achievement by key responsible officer. The NELA SPO lead the team to Edo project site, the team emphases the need for regular data verification at CBO level as crucial for data quality assurance. The team at METHCARE, Ilesa Osun State met with two OVC households and two Care givers. Evidently, the OVC visited were very happy and confirmed that quality services are being rendered to them. They professed to have enjoyed the intervention and were thankful to the donor for coming to their aid. One outstanding lessons learned from the visit to Ilesa METHCARE is active involvement of the key stakeholders in all project activities right from the planning stage to implementation stage is very germane to successful implementation and meaningful impact of any project. The outcome of the visits to various NELA implementing partners has shown that regular visits to project site are essential for adequate health delivery programming.
nutritional support
As part of the NELA's HIV/AIDS project objectives:"to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS!" The NELA Short Stay Clinic provided an evidence based Nutritional support to a number of PLW-HIV in her support group. Items provided included body building foods such as beans, fish, soya bean and energy given foods like maize, rice amongst others. This routine exercise is based on strictly scientific evidence based selection criteria. The NELA Short Stay Clinic Nutrition officer and the Nurses assessed the Nutritional status, socioeconomic status and Household food security of the clients. Clients with BMI below 18.5kg/m2 and those who are food insecure with low socioeconomic status were recruited into the six month Nutritional Care and Support program. In addition to provision of raw food stuffs, continuous nutritional and health education are provided at the monthly support group meetings.
In line with NELA 2010-2015 Strategic objective and work plan of “helping people to live well” the NELA Short Stay Clinic which has been more of an HIV Counseling, testing and treatment of opportunistic infection has recently being upgraded to a standard Health service delivery centre. The Clinic current has a standard well equipped laboratory which carry out the following medical tests:
  • Blood Group & Genotype Tests
  • Widal Test
  • Malaria Test
  • Pregnancy Test
  • Urinalysis
  • Glucose Test
  • Hepatitis & HIV Tests
In addition to her traditional Home based care for PLHIV and support group meeting for adult PLHIV where nutrition and health education, treatment of opportunistic infection are provided, the clinic recently started recruitment of Orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) for care and support program for these special group. Additional up-grading of the clinic includes her human resource capacity. The clinic is currently manned by a team of specialists consisting of a medical doctor, 3 nurses and a counselor amongst other technical staffs with an improved working environment.