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Group calls for more access to HIV drugs

Young Nigerian women-Picture: NEPWHAN

The National Coordinator, Network of People with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) Abdulkadir Ibrahim, wants stakeholders to focus more on those without access to HIV Treatment, in order to end the epidemic in the country.

Mr Ibrahim raised the stakes at a World AIDS Day joint press conference in Abuja.

The NEPWHAN coordinator, who raised concerns over the dependence on foreign donors in the HIV response mechanism in Nigeria, called on the Federal Government to explore ways of generating domestic funding through Public-Private Partnership.

Speaking on this year’s World AIDS Day theme “End AIDS, End Inequality”, The Country Director, UNAIDS in Nigeria, Erasmus Morah, observed that a large population of children and women in Nigeria still lack access to HIV Treatment.

Dr Morah said Nigeria has the highest number of HIV positive Children globally, which is about 150,000.

The Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Gambo Aliyu,  said there was need for sustainable financing to achieve HIV eradication and to End Inequality in HIV Treatment.

According to Dr Aliyu, out of the 1.7 million people living with HIV in Nigeria, 96% are on treatment, while 84% are virally suppressed.

Reporting By Emmanuel Kutara, Editing by Daniel Adejo