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Addressing the health challenges of HIV/AIDS, expanding access to maternal and mental health services, and strengthening the local health system

The Context

Nigeria is home to an urgent health and humanitarian crisis: nearly 8 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, 80% of whom are women and children. It has the second highest infant mortality rate and the fourth highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Poverty is widespread and 26.5 million people are projected to face acute hunger in 2024. Nigeria has also experienced over a decade of armed conflict, which has resulted in around 3 million internally displaced people (IDPs). Health needs are widespread, with the most serious health threats including food insecurity and infectious diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, but the country’s health system suffers from poor infrastructure and a health worker shortage. 

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26.5 million

people in Nigeria are projected to face acute hunger in 2024

Ongoing conflict and limited humanitarian access have led to an urgent humanitarian crisis in Nigeria. The World Food Programme has placed Nigeria on “high alert.”

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576

mothers die for every 100,000 live births

Nigeria accounts for 10% of all global maternal mortality, making it the fourth highest rate in the world.

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81%

of those in need are women or children

The United Nations reports that the vast majority of those in need in Nigeria are women and children, especially girls.

Our Impact

Supporting Orphans and Vulnerable Children 

Project HOPE helps local organizations and state governments plan for, finance, deliver, and monitor services to protect and care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) impacted by HIV/AIDS. We assist local and state governments with healthcare data management and train health workers. This includes critical work around maternal, newborn, and child health. Project HOPE also focuses on training health workers, improving data collection, and delivering basic services for impacted communities. 

Expanding Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health 

Project HOPE’s activities to support children and their families include broader support for child, maternal, and newborn health. By ensuring that households are economically stable and have access to adequate nutrition, we build the resilience of families by increasing access to health services, education, psychosocial support, and legal protection. Our Group Antenatal Care (G-ANC) project brought groups of women together for antenatal care sessions to support the uptake and quality of health services.   

Mental Health and Resiliency  

Project HOPE, through the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and in cooperation with the Africa CDC, has implemented a mental health and resilience training for health care workers to increase their knowledge and access to tools and techniques to maintain their well-being and resilience.  

Hypertension Control 

Project HOPE is implementing phase two of the Nigeria Hypertension Control Initiative with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease through strengthening hypertension control at the primary healthcare level. 

Our History in Nigeria

Project HOPE has been working in Nigeria since 2012 with a focus on HIV; reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health; mental health; and health system strengthening.   

In 2014, during the Ebola crisis, Project HOPE collaborated with several other organizations to improve infection prevention and support local health facilities.  

In 2017, Project HOPE deployed a team of health and nutrition experts to assess the humanitarian and health needs of internally displaced families in northeast Nigeria. 

Project HOPE supported the establishment of the Lafia Initiative Ltd/Gte as a local Nigerian organization. Project HOPE and Lafia collaborate closely to implement activities.

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