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DoD Leadership Visits MHRP's Nigeria Research Site
Department of Defense Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, paid a visit to MHRP’s site in Nigeria, the Walter Reed Program-Nigeria (WRP-N). While there, Assistant Secretary Woodson presided over the re-commissioning of two boreholes, which provide clean water to the community.
The boreholes, located in Tafa in Kaduna State, were originally constructed by WRP-N and commissioned by MHRP Director, COL Nelson Michael in 2011. The hand-operated boreholes, however, had since stopped working. With the help of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, the boreholes were equipped with electric pumps and water tanks—a small investment to provide the Tafa community with safe drinking water.
U.S. Embassy Abuja Deputy Chief of Mission, Maria Brewer joined Assistant Secretary Woodson and WRP-N Country Director Robbie Nelson for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Local youth leaders, representatives of the Tafa District and prominent community leaders also participated in the event.
WRP-N is based out of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and works closely with the Nigerian Ministries of Defence and Health (NMOD) to enhance HIV prevention, care and treatment through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). According to Nelson, WRP-N will continue to work with the Tafa community to identify other health needs and provide the appropriate interventions.