Thirteen Local Nigerian Civil Society Organizations Receive Grants for HIV Work

On May 24, 2010, 13 local Nigerian civil-society organizations (CSOs) in Kogi and Taraba states are signing grants to support their work in the areas of HIV prevention, community home-based care, care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and gender mainstreaming. Kogi and Taraba were selected given a high prevalence of HIV and predominance of hard-to-reach rural populations.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development and distributed by MSH, the grants are intended to be used to extend the reach of HIV prevention, treatment, and care services supported by MSH’s Prevention Organizational Systems AIDS Care and Treatment (ProACT) project to rural populations. As part of the grant program the grassroots CSOs and will receive support and education on the grant management process, “with the vision that they will be able to access more funds and run bigger programs eventually,” according to ProACT Associate Director, Ekundayo Aigbomian.

The grant-signing will be part of the closing ceremony of the second of two capacity-building workshops for the grantees held by MSH/USAID. The one-week “Sub-Grantees Proposal Review and Grant Management Workshop,”  offered guidance on how to write proposals to meet MSH and USAID standards and requirements, and to build CSO capacities  to manage USAID grants effectively in consonance with the agency’s rules and regulations. The first workshop, held in Kaduna in December 2009, provided detailed technical training on service provision in Pro-ACT’s primary areas of interventions including HIV prevention, serving most at risk populations, as well as care for orphans and vulnerable children, and community home-based health care.

As a result of the training program, it is expected that the CSOs will be well prepared to have an impact on their communities and sustain the momentum of the work started by ProACT in Kogi and Taraba states.