As part of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States Army Medical Research Directorate-Africa/Nigeria (USAMRD-A/N) is unique because it acts as both a strategic U.S. Government partner and a hands-on partner in program implementation.
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, in partnership with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and USDOD Prevention Program, support the program. Based out of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria and working with both our dedicated military partners and several local community-based organizations allows USAMRD-A in Nigeria to build sustainability into its activities at every level. The Program’s partnership interactions engage the Government of Nigeria (primary partner), the United States Government (co-partner), sub-contractors and academia.
Nigerian Ministry of Defence (NMOD) through the Health Implementation Plan (HIP) and the Nigerian Military Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Minister of State for Defence and the U.S. Ambassador, is responsible for policy direction and oversight of the Health Implementation Programme, which implements approved activities.
USAMRD-A in Nigeria executes HIV prevention care and treatment programs in Nigeria under the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It also support the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to strengthen Nigeria’s efforts in eliminating malaria. USAMRD-A/N has also made significant cutting-edge in-roads in medical research and collaborative efforts with local and international academia.
USAMRD-A/N operates under the following:
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), is the parent body of the USAMRD-A in Nigeria. It is the largest and most diverse biomedical research laboratory in the U.S. Department of Defense. It is driven by a singular focus to protect the health and readiness of Service Members, strengthen national and international security and improve global health.
The program under WRAIR, is a collaborative effort with the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP). MHRP conducts research to develop an effective preventive HIV vaccine and integrates prevention, treatment, diagnostics and monitoring as part of an international effort to reduce the impact of HIV infection worldwide.
Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) nonprofit global organization dedicated to advancing military medical research. It’s subsidiary, HJFMRI, is a nonprofit corporation that offers international support to it’s program sites of which Nigeria is a beneficiary.
USAMRD-A in Nigeria is based out of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria (Department of State).
In addition to the Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. government efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS fall under other agencies who together work to support NMOD/USAMRD-A in Nigeria:
- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC])
- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
The Joint West Africa Researcgh Group (JWARG) is a recent USAMRD-A/N collaborative initiative. JWARG was formed to mitigate and prevent future global infectious disease outbreaks. Resulting from lessons learned during the 2014/15 outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, JWARG, in collaboration with its West African military partners in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia, aims to develop and implement a bio-surveillance protocol to mitigate future outbreaks and epidemics.
- Health Initiatives for Safety and Stabilitin Africa (HIFASS) is a registered Non-Government Organisation (NGO) that provides HIV/AIDS related services to the Nigerian Ministry of Defence (NMOD). The organization provides human resource and training support in about 20 military hospitals across Nigeria.
- Supply Chain Management System (SCMS)
- National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA)
- National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP)
- Malaria Action Programme for States (MAPS)
- Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) HIV/AIDS Unit
- Medical Laboratory Science Council (MLSC)
- National Tuberculosis Control and Leprosy Program (NTBCLP)
- National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS)
- National Agency for Food and Drug Control (NAFDAC)
- Africa Centre Of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID)
- The Redeemers University of Nigeria (RUN) Ede
- Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital
- General Hospital Ikorodu
- University of Nebraska Medical Center