Further to the response about one of our previous posts on posters out of Nigeria, we spent Wednesday afternoon at the International AIDS conference going round the posters from Nigeria. We do realise the hurdles of presenting work from Nigeria at a conference like this. From finding the time and space in a country with almost no electricity, writing up a scientific article, finding funds, getting a visa…the hurdles appear endless. It was no surprise therefore that most of the colleagues at the conference were funded predominantly by our “development partners”, mostly USAID grantees. But all the same, one cannot help but wonder how much the work done by colleagues, presented here at the conference influences the response in Nigeria. One wonders how much our colleagues at the Federal Ministry of Health, and the National Agency for Control of AIDS are doing in collecting the evidence from research projects in the country, and how much it is being used to inform the evidence base for policy formulation. Each day I looked around for these colleagues, hoping to see some of them at least going round to encourage our colleagues that have made the effort to present, flying the flag and presenting their work at this conference. Well….maybe they did go round…and I did not see them! Did you?
But we will not let that distress us. We will bring to you a cross selection of the posters from Nigeria presented at the conference. These Nigerians deserve to be heard. As they stood by their posters waiting, a few of us walked round and listened with interest to the work they did and to their results and recommendations. Summaries are presented below. If you want to get in touch with any of them directly on an issue related to their work – get in touch with us and we will link you up.
Their voices deserve to be heard, you deserve to hear these voices…
edicine at the University of Port Harcourt presented the results of his work comparing the willingness to test for HIV in school vs community based youths in Port Harcourt. Seye’s work was one of the few I found not obviously supported by one of our development partners….
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead