United States (US) government President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has delivered a lifesaving treatment to over 1.5 million individuals, more than 83 per cent of the estimated 1.8 million Nigerians living with HIV.
The country’s Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at an event to mark the closing of the US government activity that made a significant contribution to the HIV response in Nigeria over the last decade.
According to FitzGibbon, the USAID funded Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS), implemented by FHI 360, has been a leader in a continuum of U.S. government support for HIV control in the country.
She said through PEPFAR, the U.S has also supported comprehensive services to over one million vulnerable children and their family members impacted by HIV.
The envoy said PEPFAR is implemented in Nigeria by the USAID, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, leveraging the power of a whole-of-government approach to controlling the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
“It’s been a great source of pride for me to witness the success of the U.S. government’s partnership with Nigeria to get HIV epidemic control within our reach.
“The US PEPFAR team has worked closely with government stakeholders to urgently reorient the national response to address areas with the highest HIV burden.”
Also speaking, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), National Coordinator, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, disclosed that SIDHAS project has increased availability and accessibility of HIV prevention, care, support and treatment services in the country.