61% of New HIV Cases in Nigeria Occur Among Girls, Women, Official Says
March 31, 2008
An estimated 61% of new HIV cases in Nigeria occur among girls and women, Babatunde Oshotimehin, director-general of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, said recently at a one-day conference, the Vanguard/AllAfrica.com reports.
Ramatu Bala Usman, president of the National Council of Women Societies, at the conference said the involvement of women in the fight against HIV/AIDS will help reduce the spread of the disease. "It is in [women's] collective interest to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS because we are the most infected and affected." She added that NCWS is affiliated with 250 groups that can "carry the campaign to the grassroots." NCWS is "not just composed of educated elites but ... also include the uneducated women in the rural areas," Usman said, adding, "It is easier for us to penetrate the rural areas because we speak their language and they understand us more" (Shaibu, Vanguard/AllAfrica.com, 3/27).
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