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Institute empowers 20 HIV positive people in Nasarawa

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HIVThe Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) said on Thursday that it has empowered over 20 support groups of people living with HIV in Nasarawa State .
This is contained in a statement issued by the institute in Abuja.The organisation said that it embarked on the scheme to enable the members of the groups carry out income-generating projects to improve their welfare.
It said the initiative was part of the its partnership with Nasarawa State Network of People Living with HIV (NASNET).
“The community support groups, which are receiving funding from IHVN through NASNET, have utilised the funds to learn skills such as soap, detergent and disinfectant making, farming and storage and sale of grains.The funding is made possible through the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),’’ the statement said.
It quoted Mrs Layyanatu Sulieman of Madalla Support Group, Awe, as saying that the support has helped to them to learn how to make liquid detergent and disinfectants.
“ Already, a hospital in Awe is showing interest in patronising our goods,” she said.
The statement also quoted Mr Philip Lokoko, NASNET Coordinator, as saying that he was excited about the opportunities the partnership had provided to the beneficiaries.
The statement listed Godiya Support Group in Kokona, Bangaskiya Support Group in Agyragu and Adachi Support Group in Lafia as the other beneficiaries of partnership.
It said that Bangaskiya Support Group bought, stored and sold locust beans, while Adachi Support Group leadership us providing its members with soda-making skills.
The statement further quoted Lokoko as saying that the group had engaged in the construction of an office building that would be rented out.
“We also want to use some offices to strengthen members’ the administrative capabilities and foster a sense of belonging and ownership. We are also hosting a thirty minute programme on Nasarawa State radio station to create awareness about HIV”, he said.
Mrs Emily Umaru, Nasarawa State Manager, IHVN, said the institute monitors the activities of NASNET and also visits the support groups to see how they are doing.
“We are looking towards sustainability and ownership.This is possible when people living with HIV who know where the shoe pinches are empowered , support each other and gain community support to live positively,” she said.

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