Donors Provide 95% Of HIV Funding In Nigeria -NASCP
The Assistant Director, Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Head, National AIDS and STI Programme, (NASCP) Federal Ministry of Health,Dr Gbenga Ijaodola, says 95% of Nigeria’s HIV response funding is supported by partners/donors .
Dr Ijaodola who made this known in Calabar at a media dialogue on PMTCT organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Child Rights Information Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Information (CRIB).expressed worry that donors dwindling funding and gradual withdrawal may increase the burden of HIV/AIDS.
”At the moment 95 per cent of the national HIV response is supported by partners, this includes PMTCT and Paediatric treatment.he said.
”U.S. Government contributes 75. 5 per cent of treatment interventions, Global Fund 17.4 per cent, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) 1.2 per cent and Nigerian Government 5.4 per cent.”
”At the moment 95 per cent of the national HIV response is supported by partners, this includes PMTCT and Paediatric treatment.
””For Nigeria to be able to address the challenges of the global burden of PMTCT, pregnant women must have access to PMTCT”
According to him ” 267,000 children are infected with HIV virus in Nigeria, 54,167 children under 14 years are under anti-retroviral drugs, 10,464 children have their viral loads tested, while 4,699 Nigerian children have viral load suppressed.”
On his part , Deputy Director/Head, CRIB, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture,Olumide Osanyinpeju said government was on track at bringing health services to every child in the country.
He said that Nigeria was committed to the goal of eliminating Mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS by 2020 through several strategies and programs.
Also speaking UNICEF HIV/AIDS Specialist,Dr. Abiola Davis who expressed worry over the gradual decline in global fundings by donor agencies , called on the Nigeria Government to map up plans on how to meet up with global standard of HIV prevention.
”There is need for collaborative efforts from agencies and stakeholders to address the situation by redesigning HIV funding plan to meet up with global standard”,