STRATEGIC HIV/AIDS RESPONSE PROJECT (SHARP TASK ORDER 2)
The Strategic HIV/AIDS and TB Response Program Task Order 2 (SHARP TO2) is the follow on to SIDHAS project in Bayelsa, Edo and Lagos States funded by PEPFAR through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). With a start date of 25th February 2020, the 2-year project is aimed at improving the quality and effectiveness of high impact, evidence-based Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) interventions to meet Nigeria’s state and LGA specific goals and objectives. As a follow on to the SIDHAS project, SHARP TO2 approach is to transfer expertise gained in SIDHAS to local counterparts responsible for scaling the proven interventions and strengthening the systems needed to achieve and maintain epidemic control by its end date of 24th Feb 2022. SHARP TO2 puts the Government of Nigeria (GON) in the driver’s seat of focused, data-driven efforts to precisely target limited resources to bridge the remaining LGA-specific gaps to the 95-95-95 goals and achieve epidemic control.
The project is led by the Prime partner FHI 360 along with 4 other consortium partners, namely Howard University, providing expertise to decentralize ART in the private sector and strengthen pharmacy systems capacity, Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative (ANHI), who led state-level teams, provided technical assistance (TA) and strengthened capacity in HIV services and related systems, Khulisa Management Services, who supported operations research (OR) to answer key learning questions. SHARP TO2 also provided grants to State Ministries of Health (SMOHs) and tertiary hospitals to deliver clinical mentoring and supportive supervision to high-volume health facilities, and some Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to implement community-level activities.
SHARP TO2 focused on identification and support for proven interventions through improvement of service delivery and strengthening health systems with an expanded effort with the GON across 26 LGAs in Bayelsa (4 LGAs), Edo (12 LGAs) and Lagos (10 LGAs) States. The project aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of high-impact, evidence-based HIV/AIDS interventions and to sustain cross sectional integration of HIV/AIDS and TB services by building GON capacity to deliver sustainable, high quality, comprehensive, prevention, care, treatment and related services. SHARP TO2 currently supports 3 state governments, 72 public health facilities, 10 private for-profit health facilities and 3 Private not for profit health facilities or faith-based organization (FBOs) facilities.
The conceptual framework guiding the implementation of the contract as shown below is driven on the backbone of GON leadership and implementation of integrated evidenced based interventions and activities to achieve the 95-95-95 goals.
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