Abuja, 3 February, 2021 – As the COVID-19 pandemic gained momentum internationally with many countries, including Nigeria occurring lockdown, there arose fears that the folk residing with HIV (PLHIV) may maybe well well now not bear get entry to to Antiretroviral (ARTs). The fears of the outbreak disrupting ARTs offers to PLHIV in Nigeria used to be, on the opposite hand, now not as devastating since the country had already adopted the Differentiated Carrier Supply (DSD) model in December, 2019. The positive aspects of the model grew to change into noticeable right by plan of the imposed lockdown by the government.
The DSD model is a consumer-centred technique that simplifies and adapts HIV products and providers to copy the preferences and expectations of a form of teams of parents residing with HIV (PLHIV) while reducing unnecessary burdens on the successfully being intention. Nigeria accredited the DSD policy in 2019 and currently implemented within the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. The positive aspects of the model grew to change into noticeable right by plan of the imposed lockdown by the government.
“All we needed to achieve right by plan of the lockdown used to be encourage communication and mobilize some crew volunteers to exercise offers to others who wanted the medication within their vicinities,” says Obatunde Oladapo, the co-founder and Executive Director of PLAN Health Advocacy and Suppose Foundation (PLAN Foundation).
Mr Oladapo said Nigeria’s earlier adoption of DSD in 2019 used to be precious right by plan of the lockdown as many PLHIV had enough drug offers. The DSD model tailor’s HIV kit of care toward particular person wants the utilization of products and providers and crew-essentially based fully mostly approaches. The model used to be moderately precious in solving the wretchedness of get entry to which may maybe well perhaps well well bear been encountered right by plan of the lockdown and guaranteeing that no one is left slack right by plan of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Some female PLHIV served as crew distributors – taking medication to your step of the customers and offering extra offers to final them for months. To boot they visited laborious to achieve semi-metropolis and rural areas to facilitate the home provide of HIV treatment and medicines for these instant of offers” Oladapo said.
Implementation of DSD
The implementation of the DSD model has been all-inclusive comprising of stakeholders from the Community of Folks Dwelling with HIV to Civil Societies Organization, donors, imposing partners, crew service offers and personal successfully being sector providers among others. To substantiate the delicate running of the DSD model right by plan of the lockdown, the World Health Organization (WHO) supported the Federal Authorities by plan of the Nationwide AIDS and STIs Control Programme (NASCP) in creating and disseminating a guideline on Continuity of HIV products and providers within the context of Pandemics and ensured HIV is successfully captured within the wider Health sector continuity of obligatory products and providers steering. Additionally, WHO provided technical help in atmosphere up and running national and suppose HIV converse rooms to be tear that antiretroviral ART (medication) get to the live-users- PLHIVs.
Dr Ilesanmi Oluwafunke; E mail: ilesanmio [at] who.int; Tel: +234 903 7228 596