The original plan failed due to funding issues
The Federal Government in its bid to curb the menace of HIV/AIDS has decided to start looking inwards for a lasting cure to the deadly disease. A 68-page plan which details on how to build and enhance capacity for HIV vaccine research, which also ensures proper research framework for possible vaccine trial, has been unveiled.
John Idoko, the Director of National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA), said that the United States Department of Defense(DoD) and SI Consulting, want the country back in a global bid geared towards developing a HIV vaccine.
?We need to be part of this vaccine initiative; we need to take it beyond what we did last time,? Idoko said.
Idoko furthter stated that Nigeria needs to champion its own course in HIV vaccine research because serotypes of HIV found in the country were not part of vaccine constructs in countries where research is ongoing.
He further explained that Nigeria has seen a 25 percent decline in HIV prevalence in the last decade, but given the country?s population, it will suffice to say the country has the world?s second largest burden of HIV after South Africa.
The revised plan was launched by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, who said it demonstrates Nigeria?s lead role ?in promoting global policies on the continent and a resolve to ensure continuous decline of Nigeria?s burden of HIV.?
The National HIV Vaccine Plan (NHVP) which was initiated some 13 years ago was stopped due to lack of funding.