NGO acquires more HIV/AIDS hotlines

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Availability of information on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria will receive a boost from Tuesday when a Non-Governmental Organisation unveils more HIV/AIDS hotlines in Lagos.
Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF) said in Lagos Monday that it had acquired six new hotlines, to bring the total to seven from only one of its type available in the country since February 2000.
The seven lines would be open for 24 hours.
"The hotline provides information on a variety of issues related to HIV/AIDS, ranging from where to have an HIV test to referrals on care and support for people living with the virus," YEF Executive Secretary Iwalola Akin-Jimoh, said.
The expansion is being carried out in collaboration with four other youth-serving organisations and a tertiary institution, Akin-Jimoh said.
She said funding for the expansion was provided by USAID while Johns Hopkins University provided the technical support.
The hotline was started in 2000 in response to various controversies surrounding HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, especially cure claims by orthodox and unorthodox medical practitioners.
An estimated 2.
6 million Nigerians are said to be infected with the virus that causes AIDS, with youths in the 20-24 age bracket the worst hit.
Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation with more than 110 million people.

20 august 2001 19:42:00

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