Actions for improving the lives of those with HIV/AIDS and
decreasing infection


The Challenge 

Millennium Development Goal six focuses on stopping and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015. It’s an ambitious goal, especially when one considers that, in 2008, about 2 million people died of AIDS, 33.4 million were living with HIV and 2.7 million people were newly infected with the virus across the world. And while unprecedented global attention and intervention efforts have slowed the rate of new HIV infections and made a significant difference to the prevalence of the disease in some countries and regions, the total number of people living with HIV continues to rise.


What We’ve Done 

The Wellbeing Foundation runs The Positive Lifeline, a regular care and support programme under which people living with HIV/AIDS receive medical and financial support, nutritional and vitamin supplements and constant counselling/follow-up for them and their families.

But the main focus of our HIV/AIDS programmes is preventative rather than palliative: like millions of people across the world, we want to prevent more Infections, especially among young people and pregnant women, and raise more awareness through IEC materials. Below are some of our initiatives and interventions

Fertility Programme

At WBF, we are interested in the prosperous lives of every Nigerian, every African, and this includes those suffering the pains of childlessness in our society. This is why WBF has a special fertility programme in which families having difficulty conceiving receive guidance and sponsorship towards medical aid. WBF provides linkages and funds and is glad to report that all the women who have benefitted from this scheme are today happy parents.

Ongoing Support for The White Ribbon Alliance

As members of the Global Forum of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, WBF has remained a major supporter of the establishment and maintenance of a Nigerian office. But we’ve also mobilised many non-governmental maternal and child health organisations to come together and form a formidable alliance in Nigeria.

Capacity-Building Programmes and Conference Sponsorship

The Wellbeing Foundation has hosted and sponsored several meetings and conferences aimed at building the capacity of stakeholders in maternal, new born and child health (MNCH) in Nigeria. We have also attended and sponsored some experts to attend conferences in and outside Nigeria. Some of these are:
• MNCH Stakeholders Forum, Abuja, Nigeria, 2007
• PHRB Harmonisation meeting, Ilorin, Nigeria, 2007
• Women Deliver Conference, London, 2007
• Annual Scientific Conference, ARD, UITH, Ilorin, Nigeria, 2007
• Countdown to 2015, South Africa
• Meeting of National Champions, 2009
• Joint Harmonisation Task Force on MNCH Meeting, 2009
• Paediatric Association of Nigeria Conference
(PANCOF), 2010

Maternal Health and Child Survival

The Wellbeing Foundation raised the national alarm about the need for a concerted effort on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health with an advocacy visit to the Honourable Minister of Health.
• We paid advocacy visits to government agencies such as the National Primary Health Development Agency and the National Health Insurance Scheme amongst others. This crystalised in the establishment of the Midwifery Service Scheme (MSS). There was also a meeting with the United Nations Representative on Malaria, Mr Ray Chambers to facilitate the integration of Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Traditional Rulers into the highly effective advocacy programs supporting the adoption of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) throughout the Nation.
• As members of the Global Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health PMNCH, and the International Maternal Mortality Campaign, we continue to strengthen strategic global linkages towards maternal and child survival.

Actions for improving the lives of those with HIV/AIDS and decreasing infection