Red-Ribbon Coalition Kicks Off HIV/AIDS Campaign Across Eight High- risk States In Nigeria
A National advocacy campaign on HIV/AIDS, targeting multiple communities across eight high- risk States in Nigeria has kicked off on the 30th of November 2018 as part of the World AIDS Day celebration with the theme “Know Your Status”.
HIV infection has spread over the last 32 years in Africa since it was first discovered and has continued to have a great impact on health, welfare, and employment, affecting all social and ethnic groups throughout the world.
It is estimated that about 3, 229,757 people living with HIV in Nigeria and about 220,393 new HIV infections occurred in 2013 and 210,031 died from AIDS-related cases. HIV prevalence among adults in Nigeria is relatively low (3.2%), yet Nigeria is an enormous country where HIV infection remains an issue that demands a systematic and highly tailored intervention.
The advocacy campaign is organized by the Red-Ribbon Coalition, Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF), Society for Family Health (SFH), Development Communications Network and convened by Coca-Cola Nigeria. Inaugurated in 2015, the past projects have brought together leading stars in Nigeria’s football, music, comedy, and movie industry to work together as advocates for the fight against HIV.
The World AIDS Day is a day globally set aside to provide an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.
The number of people estimated to be receiving Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) was 747,382 with 3.0 million adult populations estimated to be living with the disease as of 2014. Albeit due to its population size, Nigeria has the second largest HIV disease burden in the world, with 3.2 million people living with HIV, after South Africa which has 6.8 million burden of the disease though prevalence is stable at 3.4% (National HIV/AIDS Reproductive health survey 2012 PLUS II)
This year’s advocacy campaign targets multiple communities across Eight high-risk States in Nigeria through a combination of activities which includes media awareness, voluntary counselling and testing, public education and awareness sessions and entertainment using drama and football. The target for this year is to reach over thirty thousand people across 8 sites (Lagos, Oyo, FCT Abuja, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Gombe, and Kano). Activities to commemorate the World Aids Day campaign includes:
A press conference which would herald line-up of this year’s activities on Friday, 30th November 2018.
Flag off will be at Aboki Estate Ajah on Saturday, 1st of December 2018 at 11 am, with Society for Health (SFH) deployed counsellor testers to conduct HIV counselling and testing.
A 2-week long voluntary counselling and testing session which begins on Friday, 30 November 2018 and ends on Saturday,15th December 2018
A Novelty Match to close out the events on Saturday, 08 December 2018 @ Araromi mini stadium Gbagada.