Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) is the principal recipient in the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funded “AIDS Care and Treatment in Nigeria”. Through a rigorous selection process two years ago, IHVN has partnered RIVCHO for the delivery of essential care & support services to OVCs in Delta state. The project which began in November 2013 in Warri South, Okpe and Uvwie LGAs.
In a bid to stop the malnutrition among OVCs, IHVN provided 36 cartoons of Action meals to be distributed among the children. The ACTION Meal which was developed by IHVN is a Ready–to–Use Therapeutic food (RUTF) made from readily available food items in Nigeria: maize, soybeans and groundnut in the proportion of 60g, 30g and 10g respectively in each 100g of ACTION Meal.
The total energy content is 483 Kcal/100g derived from carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It also contains various vitamins in adequate concentrations including vitamins B1, B2, B6, C and E. IHVN Nutrition intervention such as ACTION Meal is critical to reverse the malnutrition often seen in people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHWA) and OVCs due to increased nutrient requirements, insufficient dietary intake, malabsorption/diarrhea, altered metabolism and nutrient storage.
RIVCHO Distributed 720 IHVN action meals to 72 OVCs from 18 households, reaching them with nutritional counselling, educational counselling and health/hygiene counselling. During the distribution process RIVCHO also distributed basic care kits (BCK) which are bath soap and Vaseline.
The households expressed their gratitude for the support and care that IHVN has given to them since the beginning of the project and also to RIVCHO for implementing the project judiciously and asked for the continuity of the project.