Nigeria Launches “Free To Shine Campaign” To Curb Childhood HIV/AIDS
The Nigeria Government has launched a National Advocacy Campaign and Action Plan of Free to Shine Campaign Nigeria towards ending childhood AIDS in Nigeria by 2030.
The campaign was initially launched at the 20th ordinary session of the general assembly of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), which took place at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
At the launch in Abuja,wife of the President, Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari observed that Nigeria does not need funding from foreign countries and agencies before dealing with issues of HIV in the country.
Mrs Buhari therefore urged the minister of health professor Isaac Adewole to work towards the mobilisation of funds from various government agencies to tackle challenges faced by People Living With HIV/AIDS.
“We want to unite the people and organisations at local and global levels, to advance healthcare delivery services that would contribute to ending childhood AIDS.
“As HIV ambassador, I have more reasons to ensure that this happens. My vision in this campaign is to reduce child mortality in Nigeria and keep mothers healthy. And this will only be achieved through several programmes.”
She stressed the need for the removal of user fee for anti-natal and child care services, as well as increased funding for the health sector.
On his part the Director General ,National Agency for Control of Aids (NACA), Dr Sani Aliyu, said the Free to Shine Campaign is a reinforcement of the political commitment to control the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Dr Aliyu noted that NACA was confident that the campaign would unite people and organisations from communities to local government areas, states and national with collective efforts towards ending the epidemic.