Through a partnership that works, Heartland Alliance is expanding ViiV Positive Action’s Community Support Program by working with women-led Community-Based Organizations in Nigeria to advance Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), and Harm Reduction (HR) access to Women who Use and Inject drugs in Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Cross River, and Rivers State. This community and peer-led intervention aim to build capacity and deliver services to the most vulnerable and underserved female drug users in these communities.
The project’s objectives include providing access to SRH/HR services and empowering WWUIDs through various services such as an SRH clinic, SRH sensitization, STI screening/referral, family planning, menstrual hygiene, gender services, harm reduction, legal support, mental health and psychosocial services (MHPSS). During a visit to seven bunks, WWUIDs were mobilized, informed about available services, and educated on menstrual hygiene. The project addresses poor hygiene and other challenges faced by participants, with plans for medical assistance and the distribution of menstrual hygiene kits.