Nigerian govt plans scholarships for AIDS orphans

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has announced plans to institute a scholarship initiative for the estimated 1.
2 million AIDS orphans in the African nation.
''We are planning to launch an initiative that will provide scholarships for orphans and vulnerable children,'' the private Guardian newspaper Monday quoted the Director-General of the National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr.
Babatunde Osotimehin, as saying.
''The way we are planning it, we intend to launch a body that would have a board of trustees, which will source donations from well-meaning Nigerians and administer the fund,'' Osotimehin said.
On how to identify the beneficiary orphans, he said that NACA would go through its chapters in the country's 36 states ''to identify the needy orphans, give them resources and monitor them''.
''We hope that sometime in November we will inaugurate the board and then they will start to work,'' the NACA chief said.
An estimated 2.
6 million Nigerians are believed to be infected with the virus that causes AIDS, while the prevalence rate for ages 15-49 is 3.

13 october 2008 08:52:00

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