VISION: Enhancing Healthier and Safer Communities
MISSION: To collaborate with partners to promote comprehensive and sustainable interventions for public health, support military medicine and health diplomacy for peace, stability and development of communities
MOTTO: Passion and Partnership
Health Initiatives for Safety and Stability in Africa (HIFASS) is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) incorporated in October 2007 to provide strategic workforce that supports manpower needs of Military Facilities in Nigeria. HIFASS was primarily established as a continued effort of the Nigeria Ministry of Defense Health services to provide strategic manpower needs of the Military health facilities so as to meet the health needs of Military personnel, their families and the population around military health facilities, especially for the control of HIV epidemic and other related diseases. But over the years, HIFASS has grown and extended her services beyond the Barracks;
working in 19 states of the federation, by supporting vulnerable population such as orphans and vulnerable children, caregivers in households, reaching pregnant women attending antennal care facilities, and providing HIV/AIDS Testing Services.
HIFASS is committed to enhancing population health through strategic partnerships with United States Department of Defense – Walter Reed Program-Nigeria (USDoD WRP-N) and the Nigerian Ministry of Defense Health Implementation Program (NMOD-HIP) government bodies, International development partners, private sector organisations and other civil society organizations. HIFASS utilized the extensive military health infrastructure across the country and skilled health professionals (retired military personnel and civilian doctors and other health care providers) to support free and comprehensive HIV care and prevention services for the benefit of all Nigerians.
For over 10 years working with USDoD WRP-N/NMOD HIP and Henry Jackson Foundation, HIFASS has managed 164 health care workers to facilitate research and strengthen service delivery across 25 sites providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS services. This invaluable partnership has the objective of strengthening HIV/AIDS prevention, counselling and testing/diagnosis, treatment, training and quality health care service delivery in these centres. So far, more than half a million people have received counselling and testing through this program and 80% of them are civilians who live in communities surrounding the program facilities.
Also, HIFASS through a consortium provides Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) comprehensive services. The HIFASS-LOPIN3 is a USAID funded five year project (2014-2019) working in Cross River and Ebonyi States to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on vulnerable households through building the systems and structures of both states to sustainably meet the needs of OVC households. Since inception of the HIFASS LOPIN-3 project 96,595 OVC (Less than 18 years) have been identified and enrolled into the project, out of which 69,012 have been tested for HIV. As at April, 2018 we have 37,960 OVC (<18 Years) currently enrolled in the project, with 242 of them living with HIV/AIDS. Adolescent young girls have been reintegrated back to school, young women and caregivers have been empowered financially to start or expand existing businesses and learn vocational skills. Micronutrients supplements and nutritional services have also been provided to severely malnourished children.
In 2015, HIFASS completed HIV AIDS Fund Phase 2 projects in Benue State and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which focused on demand creation for uptake of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT) services. In the FCT, the project covered 67 communities spread across 7 wards in 4 LGAs-Abuja Municipal Area Council, Bwari, Gwagwalada and Kwali and in Benue state, the project covered 35 communities spread across 4 LGAs; Tarka, Vandeikya, Makurdi and Otukpo in Benue State aiming to increase access to Maternal Child Health (MCH) and PMTCT services
through the use of the mentor mother model/ volunteerism. By the end of the project in Benue state and FCT a total of 4,893 and 2,993 pregnant women were referred to facilities for MCH/PMTCT services of which 3,067 and 2,752 pregnant women received MCH/PMTCT services translating to 9.5% and 53.7% above project target respectively.
Also, on humanitarian response, HIFASS in 2017 provided Succour to IDPs affected by flood in Benue State and currently providing Protection and Assistance to the Cameroonian Refugees (PACR), a United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) funded Project which is aimed at providing quality services for health care, nutrition and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services to the 20,485 registered Cameroonian refugees in Benue (3, 517) and Cross River (16, 790) States and other new arrivals of Cameroonian refugees. Response includes distribution of food and non-food items, health assistance and shelter which is expected to last for 6 months starting from 1st April – 30th September 2018.
Furthermore, HIFASS has been supporting National Malaria Elimination Program in capacity building and preparations of malaria diagnostic documents. These include the Standard Operating Procedures, External Quality Assessment of Malaria Microscopy, and Training Manual for Malaria Microscopy, and how to perform malaria Rapid Diagnostic Testing as effort is geared towards total eradication of malaria in the year 2030.
Our primary targets are;
- Vulnerable Groups (under five children, Adolescent girls and Young women,
Pregnant women, OVCs, malnourished children, care givers, internally displaced
persons and victims of natural disaster)
- People living with HIV/AIDS
- Military Personnel and Civilians around selected military locations
- Retired military personnel who are engaged to provide services.