Nigeria to increase HIV/AIDS funding

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has promised to increase its contribution on HIV to 50% in the next five years, a US official announced U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator for AIDS, Mr Eric Goosby, gave the indication during a teleconference with newsmen on the activities of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

''This (increase) will assist in the prevention, care and support for people living with the virus,” he told journalists, as part of activities to commemorate the World AIDS Day 1 Dec.

Since it was set up in 2004, PEPFAR has achieved encouraging results in the area of free diagnosis and anti-retroviral treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS.

As at September 2010,  more than 2 million pregnant women have been provided with health service to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) while 340,000 people are on anti-retroviral therapy.

PEPFAR has also committed US$2 billion to tackle HIV/AIDs in Nigeria since 2004.

Over 33 million people are living with the virus that causes AIDS, with 67% of the people living in sub-Saharan Africa.
Nigeria has an estimated 3 million PLWAs.
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01 december 2010 12:47:01

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