Chevron funds mother-to-child HIV trans­mis­sion with N265mil­lion

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Mohammed Shosanya, La­gos

Chevron Nigeria Lim­ited, op­er­a­tor of the NNPC/Chevron Joint Ven­ture, has an­nounced that Chevron Cor­po­ra­tion will com­mit an ad­di­tional N265 mil­lion($1.7 mil­lion) in its fund­ing sup­port for the community-based Preven­tion of Mother to Child Trans­mis­sion of HIV (PMTCT) project known as the PRO­MOT project, in Bayelsa State.

This ad­di­tional com­mit­ment raises Chevron’s 5-year in­vest­ment for the PRO­MOT Project to $5.3 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Deji Haas­trup the com­pany’s Gen­eral Man­ager on Pol­icy, Gov­ern­ment and Pub­lic Affairs

He said the ad­di­tional sup­port will fa­cil­i­tate the ex­pan­sion of the reach of the PRO­MOT project to all local gov­ern­ment ar­eas in the state with a tar­get of reach­ing at least 120,000 men and women of re­pro­duc­tive age.

He also said that PRO­MOT project will train an ad­di­tional 300 community health work­ers on community PMTCT ap­proaches to en­able them con­tinue cre­at­ing de­mand for PMTCT ser­vices in ex­ist­ing health fa­cil­i­ties across the state.

The PRO­MOT project is spon­sored by Chevron and im­ple­mented by Pact Nigeria in part­ner­ship with community based or­ga­ni­za­tions (CBOs), to achieve the pri­mary goal of ed­u­cat­ing and mo­bi­liz­ing the pop­u­la­tion in tar­geted com­mu­ni­ties to re­duce mother to child trans­mis­sion of HIV in Bayelsa State.

The project, which be­gan in Septem­ber 2012 with a fund­ing of $3.6 mil­lion over three years, had in the first year, reached more than 6,500 in­di­vid­u­als in Sag­bama and Ye­nagoa local gov­ern­ment ar­eas with crit­i­cal HIV/AIDS aware­ness and preven­tion in­for­ma­tion, tested more than 7,000 women dur­ing pre­na­tal care, and ar­ranged for HIV coun­sel­ing for nearly 700 peo­ple. In ad­di­tion, 147 community health work­ers were trained to carry out community PMTCT ac­tiv­i­ties.

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