Nigeria's Progress in the Fight Against HIV: A Closer Look at World AIDS Day 2023

 

Nigeria's Progress in the Fight Against HIV: A Closer Look at World AIDS Day 2023

In a recent briefing, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) revealed significant strides in Nigeria's battle against HIV.


Out of the 1.8 million individuals grappling with the virus in the country, an impressive 1.63 million are currently undergoing Antiretroviral treatment.


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The Director-General of NACA, Dr. Gambo Aliyu, addressed the media on the eve of this year's World AIDS Day.


Emphasizing Nigeria's standing as the second-largest hub of HIV infections globally.


Dr. Aliyu acknowledged the progress made but stressed the necessity of continued efforts to meet the ambitious goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.


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Breaking down the statistics, Aliyu disclosed that approximately 58% of those living with HIV are female, while 42% are male.


He raised a concern about the national average of mother-to-child transmission standing at 22%, calling for focused attention on states with rates above 25%.


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Aligning with the World AIDS Day theme, "Communities: Leadership to End AIDS by 2030,"


Dr. Aliyu urged mobilization of community leaders for gender-equitable social norms and equality in HIV prevention.


Including the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, treatment, and care services.


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In support of this cause, Amobi Ogah, Chairman of the House Committee on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Control.


Affirmed the parliament's commitment to securing budgetary allocations for the fight against HIV/AIDS.


Ogah's statement reinforces the collaborative effort required from various sectors to combat the epidemic effectively.


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Echoing these sentiments, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, the National Coordinator of the Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPHWAN).


Stressed the pivotal role of putting affected individuals at the heart of HIV responses.


He highlighted the need to prioritize community and network involvement to bridge existing gaps in treatment and prevention services.


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As Nigeria commemorates World AIDS Day this year, the collective call is for renewed dedication.


Strengthened partnerships, and policies upholding the rights and dignity of all individuals, regardless of their HIV status.


The nation stands at a critical juncture in its fight against HIV, with the spotlight on community-driven initiatives and the overarching goal of ending AIDS by 2030.


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