US fought HIV/AIDS in Nigeria with US$ 1 billion – Ambassador

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The US embassy in Nigeria says it disbursed over US$ 1 b illion to support the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria in the past four years, p romising more funds in the coming year, according to its ambassador, Robin Renee Sanders.
"As Nigeria's largest donor in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the US Government, th rough the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has provided, sin c e 2004, more than US$ 1 billion to combat HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, with another US$ 4 47 million dollars expected in 2009," Sanders told her audience Monday during th e 20th World AIDS Day celebration at the Eagles Square in Abuja, Nigeria's capita l city.
She said the people and government of the US would remain friends and partners o f Nigeria together to fight for care, treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
According to her, "Just five years ago, only 50,000 people in all of sub-Saharan Africa living with HIV/AIDS were receiving treatment.
As of the end of Septembe r , 2008, in Nigeria alone, the government of Nigeria, in partnership with the US, through the US mission in Nigeria , is supporting nearly 211,000 men, women, and children with treatment.
"Together, we have helped and reached two million people with HIV counseling and testing and more than 640,000 pregnant women have received health services for t he prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

01 december 2008 17:51:00

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