Nigeria Pledges $12m To Tackle HIV, TB

The Nigerian government has made a financial pledge of 12 million dollars to the Global Fund toward tackling HIV and Tuberculosis.

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Toyin Aderibigbe, the Media Officer to the National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA) made this known in a statement on Tuesday.

She noted that the pledge was made by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, at the Sixth Replenishment Conference of Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria held in Lyon, France, on 9th and 10th October.

“Every Nigerian has a right to good health. We have a responsibility to ensure that this basic right is available to all Nigerians,” the statement quoted the minister as saying.

“Government is committed to enhancing ownership and sustainability of the HIV/AIDS response.”

He stressed that the pledge was in accordance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 2017 to make government resources (approximately N3.5 billion) available to enable an additional 50,000 Nigerians be on life-saving Antiretroviral (ARV) therapy every year.

Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund, who spoke on “Building on the Concept of Shared Responsibility” at the conference, said “with the incredible support of partners and donors around the world, we succeeded in reaching over 14 billion dollars to help save 16 million lives.”

Gunilla Carlsson, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, said: “Nigeria bears a huge burden of the global TB, malaria and HIV epidemics, so it is imperative that both domestic and international investments are urgently scaled up.”