8 February 2016

Nigeria Urged to Accelerate HIV/Aids Response

UNAIDS Executive Director and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Michel Sidibé has enjoined Nigeria to accelerate its fight against HIV/AIDS.

He gave the advice yesterday during a meeting with the management of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) in Abuja.

Sidibé is on a three-day official visit to Nigeria, and is expected to meet President Muhammadu Buhari, ministers of health, budget and national planning, finance, women affairs and the Federal Capital Territory on fast tracking response towards ending AIDS by 2030.

He said Nigeria needed to have her budget for HIV and not continue to depend on funding from PEPFAR, Global Fund or other donors.

Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Prof. John Idoko said 80 per cent of funding for HIV/AIDS in the country comes from donor funding and the country is witnessing a decline in such support.


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