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Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN)-Expression of Interest

For: Youth-Led/Youth-Focused Community-Based Organizations

Grant: Global Fund GC7

Locations: Anambra, Ebonyi, Gombe, and Kwara States


The Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) was established in 1998 as a non-governmental organization to represent the collective voice of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in the country. NEPWHAN is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria since September 2004

NEPWHAN is a vibrant patient community network in Nigeria, celebrating its 25th anniversary. Since its formation in 1998, NEPWHAN has established structures at the zonal and state levels, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). It is responsible for coordinating, supervising, and monitoring activities and programs of over 1,030 support groups across the federation, making it one of the largest patient networks in Africa. NEPWHAN has formed constituent bodies, namely the Association of Youth Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (APYIN), Association of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (ASWHAN), and Association of Religious Leaders Living with and Personally Affected by HIV/AIDS (NINERELA+). These bodies advocate for and provide targeted HIV programming interventions for their respective members and target populations.

Prior to the formation of NEPWHAN, PLHIV were organized under NGOs, FBOs, and CBOs, which provided various forms of care and support services. The concept of formal support groups for persons living with HIV and AIDS was initiated in 1996 following a visit from the ‘Ambassadors of Hope’ mission from East Africa, led by the coordinator of the Network of Africa People Living with HIV and AIDS (NAP+). In 1998, NEPWHAN was established as a national network of PLWHIV, with a 12-member national executive, a short-term work plan, and a constitution to guide its operations. Today, NEPWHAN is recognized as a key Civil Society Organization (CSO) in Nigeria and the central coordinating body of all support groups, organizations, associations, and constituencies of PLHIV in the country. NEPWHAN was officially registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as an incorporated trustee on September 24th, 2004. The network has branches in all 36 states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, referred to as NEPWHAN State Chapters. With the support of NACA and other partners, NEPWHAN has evolved from being solely a beneficiary organization to becoming an invaluable partner in the national response to HIV and AIDS in Nigeria.

Job Description:

NEPWHAN is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from eligible Youth-Led/Youth-Focused organizations interested in implementing strategic interventions in Anambra, Ebonyi, Gombe, and Kwara States for the Global Fund GC7 Grant. Eligible organizations include Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community-Based Organizations/Support Groups of People Living with HIV/AIDS, KP-led Support Groups, and Faith-Based Organizations.

Specific Tasks by Intervention Modules:

  1. Differentiated HIV Testing Services:
  2. Facility-based testing outside of key population (KP) and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) programs:
  3. Collate and map 35 lay providers in each state by the trained Lay providers (10 lay providers x 3 Senatorial District, plus 5 lay providers in the State capital). The lay providers will enhance linkage of HIV positive AGYW, ABYM and their partners to HIV, viral hepatitis and STI treatment and care services.
  4. Conduct bi-annual demand creation for HTS services through Community dialogue sessions and Awareness creation activities (30 participants/State).
  5. Facility and community-based testing outside of key population (KP) and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) programs (adolescent boys and men):
  6. Conduct monthly Support Group meetings for 15 young adults (AGYW and ABYM) per facility in 4 States to strengthen referral and linkages to treatment and care services.
  7. Community Mobilization: Engage with 50 community gatekeepers, including local leaders, teachers, and influential individuals in each State, to promote the importance of HIV testing and community health services. Community mobilization events, partnerships with local organizations, and integration of services into existing programs will be key strategies.
  8. Self-testing for KP and outside of KP and AGYW programs: In order to curb the spread of new infections among AGYW, ABYM, vulnerable children, and other young adults, HIV self-testing services among this target population will be prioritized:
  9. Engaged one (1) social media influencers to promote and create awareness on HIVST
  • Prevention Package for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) and Male Sexual Partners in High HIV Incidence Settings
  • Condom and lubricant programming for AGYW in high HIV incidence settings and their male sexual partners:
  • Dissemination of 2000 developed IEC materials per State.
  • 2 days meeting of 20 people (AYPs and partners) to validate the digital content created and the developed IEC materials at the States
  • Demand creation with peer- and digital-based strategies targeting high-risk/vulnerable AGYW and male partners- digital version of training package:
  • One day meeting of 30 Stakeholders on Mapping and validations of target in the community including structure and organization providing services for high risks AGYW and ABYM
  • Capacity building for 20 identified AGYW champions per State that will lead to demand-generation activities
  • Conduct 1 virtual sessions per month on demand generation and HIV prevention information targeting 1000 AGYW per month
  • Conduct 1 physical demand creation activities per State, targeting 70 AGYW bi-monthly.
  • Monthly supervisory visit at the State level
  • Conduct one day monthly review meetings at the State level
  • Integration with and referrals to other HIV prevention and HIV testing services:
  • Conduct community HTS/condom routine distribution programs, using international days such as International Condoms Day, Valentine Days and World AIDS Day with focus on social centers like football fields, sport/game viewing centers, event centers and hot spots where high sexual activities take place among AGYW & ABYM.
  • Support the conduct of Quarterly AYP TWG meetings at the State level
  • Comprehensive sexuality education for AGYW and adolescent boys and young men (AYBM):
  • 3-day workshop to develop user-friendly, adolescent-appealing, and age-appropriate digital-based HIV and sexuality education and adolescent health materials.
  • Conduct 1 day advocacy meeting with 35 representatives from school authorities, community gatekeepers and other relevant stakeholders to support and approve that usage of health materials developed in schools and other appropriate relevant community settings and structures across 2 project States
  • Conduct quarterly monitoring of schools on the implementation/progress and impact of school health programs and CSE (FLHE) and other school clubs across 2 project states
  • Support 10 schools per State to revamp/establish health clubs
  • Support and provide mentorship to compliment in class sessions
  • 2 days Youth engagement meeting with Youth lead and Higher institution to integrate CSE in club activities.
  • Engage with community-based organizations for the integration of adolescent health and well-being programs in the activities of youth clubs and other AYP platforms in the community, and provide safe spaces for AYP
  • Advocacy visit to the state Ministry of Youth and Sports to identify and existing youth organizations to integrate Adolescent and wellbeing programs into the existing State program.
  • HIV prevention communication, information and demand creation for AGYW and ABYM in high HIV incidence settings:
  • Engage social media experts/influencers
  • Conduct quarterly risk-reduction sessions for 15 participants per LGA in each State.
  • Support 5 AYPs to collect quarterly data, using real time data tool for AGYW related services.
  • Sexual and reproductive health services, including STIs, hepatitis, post violence care for AGYW and male sexual partners in high HIV incidence settings:
  • State level capacity building for 20 AYP focal healthcare providers per State, selected from across 10 facilities.
  • Distribute 3000 IEC materials (1000 each of Posters, wall and table calendars) per State, 
  • Engage State focal persons to work closely with AYP focal healthcare providers to collect monthly data report on SRH, STIs, Hepatitis services provided for AYPs-this data will be used for advocacy both at national and state level to enhance access to and quality service provision for AYPs
  • Institutional support for coordination of AYP activities
  • Engagement of State AYP Support Staff

Guidelines for Submission:

Please carefully follow these instructions:

  • Eligible organizations include Youth-Led/Youth-Focused Non-Governmental Organizations and Community-Based Organizations only.
  • An organization should apply to work within one of the four states (Anambra, Ebonyi, Gombe, and Kwara State), and it must have a physical office in the respective state. The subject of the email should read: “YOUTH-LED or YOUTH FOCUSED/GF/STATE/Name of your organization applied for” (e.g., YOUTH-LED/GF/EBONYI/SOS).
  • Interested organizations should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) containing their contacts (physical address, Contact Person, phone number, and email). Please attach relevant supporting documents (Organizational profile, CAC, State/LGA Certificates of registration, recent audited report, motivation letter stating previous projects and activities executed in the past, and two reference letters from previous partners).
  • Scan all the above-mentioned requirements and share them as a single PDF file attachment.
  • Only shortlisted organizations will be contacted for assessment.
  • All applications should be sent to: [email protected]
  • Application Deadline: 5th July 2023

NB: Module 2 (Elimination of vertical transmission of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B) to be implemented by NEPWHAN