21 April 2017

Nigeria Must End Dependence On Donors - NACA DG

The Director General of the National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA), Sani Aliyu said Nigeria needs to stop dependence on foreign donor funds to run its health sector programme and response.

Speaking at the Health Watch Forum organised by Nigeria Health Watch in Abuja, Aliyu said much of Nigeria's funding contribution to its HIV response was spent on salaries, not commodities required.

"Seventy per cent of HIV response is driven by donors; 26% by federal and state governments but it is actually salaries and not commodities," he said.

He cited one round of funding in which the US government and Global Fund contributed $155 million, compared with $1.5 million put in by Nigeria.

"Most of the cost, when it comes to HIV is the commodities. What we need is to get down and be honest with ourselves; are we investing in health?" Aliyu queried.

"HIV is important because it affects the productive population. Health is an issue and we need to invest properly. We need to stop this dependency culture," he said.

Aliyu is among five professionals appointed last year to head major health agencies in Nigeria to speak on the forum's theme "Does leadership matter?"

Nigeria

'Rape Conviction Review Aimed At Discouraging Perpetrators'

The National Human Rights Commission has described the upward review of conviction on rape from a minimum of three years… Read more »

Copyright © 2017 Daily Trust. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.