UMB Recognized for NDR Contributions in Nigeria
As part of World AIDS Day 2020 events, Ciheb Nigeria co-hosted a workshop focused on Nigeria’s progress toward HIV/AIDS epidemic control. Entitled “National Data Repository as a Resource for Achieving HIV-Epidemic Control,” the event was co-hosted with the Government of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Since 2014, PEPFAR has supported the FMOH in building Nigeria’s National Data Repository (NDR) to provide a secure, national data system to receive and store patient-level electronic health records from all facilities treating people living with HIV. The NDR currently hosts over 1 million active patient records from 1,998 health facilities across Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The NDR workshop brought together nearly 200 dignitaries from government, non-profits, academia, and the private sector (virtually and some in person) to discuss how to further utilize the NDR to identify information gaps, brainstorm new information needs, and make recommendations on developing ways to inform customized and targeted interventions to fast-track attainment of the epidemic control goals. Speakers included the Honorable Nigeria Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire, US Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard, and the Director General of NACA Dr. Aliyu Gambo.
"I would also like to recognize CDC’s implementing partner, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, for its tremendous efforts working with the Government and other partners to implement the NDR project. Let me assure you that the U.S. government stands ready to continue our partnership with the Government of Nigeria and other international and domestic partners to support Nigeria as it builds upon its successes in fighting HIV/AIDS."
—U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard
(Read the Ambassador's full remarks)
Photo by U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Nigeria.
The NDR, combined with the National HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) completed in 2018, has significantly improved the understanding of the HIV epidemic status in Nigeria. With continued collaboration, the country hopes to fast-track its progress to meet the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets by 2030.