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WBF Positive Lifeline

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16Members of WBF Anti-HIV Peer Educators Group during one of their outreach programmes in Kwara State

The Positive Lifeline Programme was set up after WBF recognised there was no identifiable source of care and support for people living with HIV in Kwara State, Nigeria. Although there were small amounts of ad-hoc support, we wanted an organised forum that would give hope to the already infected, encourage their families, friends and associates to support them and reduce the spread of infection by providing people with information about HIV/AIDS.

What does Positive Lifeline do?

  • It runs a confidential walk-in counselling and support service where individuals can voice their concerns and receive help
  • It works with doctors at the University Teaching Hospital in Ilorin, Kwara State, who engage in client diagnoses, prescriptions and treatment
  • It pays for laboratory tests and investigations
  • It purchases drugs
  • It ensures individuals undergo necessary further examinations and follow doctors? advice on drugs and diet 
  • It provides immune boosters and antiretroviral drugs
  • It places those most at need individuals on a monthly up-keep allowance
  • It provides financial empowerment
  • It provides special attention to infected pregnant women and makes all efforts to ensure they give birth to non-infected children
  • It finances caesarean sections
  • It provides infant formula and drugs
  • It takes on paediatric patients
  • Orphans and vulnerable children are given medical attention and scholarships
  • It raises groups of peer educators in secondary and tertiary institutions in the state to curb the incidence of infections among youth.
  • It organises regular state-wide awareness campaigns against HIV with the general populace

Achievements to date:

Over 400 people receive treatment and ongoing care and support from the Alaafia Kwara Positive Lifeline Programme encompassing the free provision of antiretroviral drugs, food supplements and appropriate diets for the patients.

45 orphans and vulnerable children receive financial assistance for their education and upkeep.

400 peer educators have been raised in secondary schools all over the state as a means of stemming further infections.

A number of women leaders have also been raised all over the state to encourage women and men to steer clear of habits and conditions which predispose them to HIV.

By reducing stigma and discrimination as well as offering practical support, the initiative has dramatically improved the health and wellbeing of HIV positive people living in Kwara State.