The Global Fund, a global financing body has handed Nigeria an extra $660m to tackle HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis
This was revealed by the Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Sands, the grant would be for three years and is aimed at covering more persons on the treatment of the disease.
“Nigeria has remained a country in which Global Fund had invested tremendously in the past because of its highest burden of Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV, and AIDS,” Sands said.
“We have invested about 2.6 billion dollars to tackle these epidemics in the past and we intend to do more to get more people on treatment.
“We appreciate the hard work in the outcome of the partnership between the government and global fund but we believe that we still have a lot of work to do.”
He added that “For HIV and AIDS, we want more people on treatment; we also want to prevent mother-to-child transmission.
“We also want to reduce malaria related deaths and we want to ensure that the percentage of people on tuberculosis treatment increases.
“Above all, we will like to see a return on our investments.”