Nigeria has the second largest HIV epidemic in the world and one of the highest rates of new infection in sub-Saharan Africa. It is estimated that over 50% of those infected with HIV in Nigeria do not know their status. Nigeria continues to fall short of providing the recommended number of HIV testing and counseling sites. It is estimated that around two-thirds of new HIV infections in West and Central Africa in 2017 occurred in Nigeria.
Following the sentinel survey carried out by the Federal Ministry of Health, Cross River State has been ranked 5th in position in Nigeria with an HIV prevalent rate at 6.6%. Greater Hands Foundation provides a broad range of AIDS services, HIV prevention services and education services to eliminate discrimination as a result of the disease. In summary, we disseminate accurate information.
With the recent Nigerian governmental approval of a “Test and Start Strategy”, we have embarked on HIV testing and services in the communities where we are working and the clients receive results in 15 minutes.
Those who test HIV-negative are counseled on how to stay negative. Clients who test positive learn how they can obtain HIV/AIDS health care, often at no cost and referrals are made to the appropriate medical facilities for further counseling and treatment. We have partnered with clinics and health facilities across Cross River State providing treatment and education to HIV infected persons.
Many who are infected with HIV occasionally need a shoulder to lean on or a sympathetic ear. Our team consists of pastors and clergy that provide support, training and spiritual guidance to churches and individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. The aim is to provide holistic and psycho-social support that develops and maintains the body, mind, spirit and dignity of the whole person.
Our ultimate goal is to create HIV awareness, prevent new cases of HIV while helping and empowering HIV-positive citizens.