The U.S. Military HIV Program’s work in Nigeria is based out of the U.S. Embassy and works closely with the Nigerian Ministries of Defence and Health (NMOD) to enhance HIV prevention, care and treatment through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) is a program of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). It supports the DOD HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) executed by MHRP in partnership with the Nigerian Armed Forces to provide the prevention and treatment necessary to establish a comprehensive continuum of HIV/AIDS care as part of PEPFAR. MHRP established this program in 2005 and recently began research activities including an HIV cross-sectional study. In Nigeria, MHRP has established Centers of Excellence for laboratory services in Abuja and Lagos and supports HIV-related health efforts at 23 sites. These PEPFAR-supported services are available to members of the Nigerian Armed Forces, their dependents and civilians in nearby communities.
The program works to increase the capacity of the Nigerian Military medical system to treat and prevent HIV infection within the greater military community. The program’s long term approach is to strengthen the clinical capabilities, infrastructures and human resources within the NMOD, to develop multiple sources of support and to perform investigative activities in support of MHRP objectives, with emphasis on Nigerian military ownership of the program.