Nigeria Enhances Efforts for HIV/AIDS Control
April 3, 2007
On Monday at the National Summit on HIV/AIDS in Abuja, Nigerian officials said that while AIDS control efforts have intensified over the past eight years, more programs are needed to halt the disease's spread.
The Nigerian government has increased its AIDS budget from 300,000 naira ($2,400 US) eight years ago to the current 7 billion naira ($54.7 million US). Concurrently, public awareness about the disease has increased from 15 percent to 90 percent. HIV/AIDS prevention campaign messages have been translated into at least 23 Nigerian languages. Nigeria has around 100,000 patients on antiretroviral treatment, said Babatunde Osotimehin, director-general of the Nigerian National Agency for the Control of AIDS.
According to Osotimehin, one challenge that remains is how to effectively coordinate the responses of government, civil society groups, and other nongovernmental partners working to fight HIV/AIDS.
Ufot Ekaette, government secretary, told attendees he hopes the conference will serve to advance the efforts against HIV/AIDS to the next level. He expressed hope that summit outcomes would be used to form the policies the next government will put in place.
Xinhua News Agency
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.