Nigeria to launch nationwide HIV survey in 2018


International partners have set aside 100 million U.S. dollars to conduct a national survey to re-base the HIV epidemic in Nigeria in 2018, an official said Sunday.

Most support for the survey would come from the United States government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Erasmus Morah, Country Director of the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) told reporters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Available data showed that Nigeria has about 3.2 million people living with HIV, with a prevalence of about 3.2 percent, Morah said, adding that the number has however been questioned in recent years.

“We need to take a closer look at the HIV prevalence in Nigeria. A national survey will tell us the exact prevalence in the country,” he said.

He said the UNAIDS was providing support to Nigeria to own and sustain funding the HIV response.

Morah commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent commitment to maintain 60,000 people living with HIV on treatment.

He also hailed the efforts of the president to care for additional 50,000 people on treatment each year, using domestic resources, as part of Nigeria’s HIV Fast Track plan. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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