Pro-Health International in collaboration with Adamawa State Government has launched USAID-Funded Integrated Child Health and Social Service Award (ICHSSA 4 project) to support 76,000 children orphaned or those made vulnerable to HIV in Adamawa and Bauchi states.
A statement issued by the USAID Mission Director, Stephen M. Haykin, said this yesterday, during the virtual launch of the project in Yola, the Adamawa State capital. According to the statement, the new activity designed to protect more than 76,000 children and their households made vulnerable or orphaned by the HIV/ AIDS epidemic. Haykin said the $19.2 million ICHSSA 4 activity is among four new USAID Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) that will reach more than 450,000 people in six states.
The activity integrated approach will both protect young people from the stigma associated with HIV and help eliminate the perception of people living with HIV as anything less than fully productive community members. He said: “This USAID assistance will help Nigeria achieve a healthier, more resilient and educated population through support to children and their families made vulnerable by HIV,” Haykin said at the launch. “We hope its successful practices and procedures can be duplicated and scaled up by state and local governments both in Bauchi and Adamawa.”