HIV/AIDS: NACA seek increased funding from federal government, private sectors
The National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) disclosed its intention to set up a Trust Fund geared toward controlling and eradication of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria in 2021. The Director General of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu in an exclusive with Oak TV, said the trust fund will set in place a mechanism to identifying and check the virus to curtail the spread and to offer support to people living with the virus, with drugs, logistics and consumables. “We are working with private sector to establish HIV trust fund, the money generated will be invested and proceeds will be used to support the national response. The support we seek from the private sector is in terms of drugs, consumables and logistics to distribute to persons across the country”, the DG added The DG who disclosed his wish for the trust fund to kick-off in the early parts of 2021, called on federal, state governments and private investors to help provide improved funding, ownership and sustainability plans geared towards eradication of HIV/Aids in Nigeria. Aliyu revealed that about 85% of the funds meant to improve the conditions of persons living with the virus and curb the spread comes from external donors. He added that there was a need for the Nigerian government to do more to help eradicate the virus in Nigeria. He said: “The donor money will not last forever, it will shrink and disappear”. He also disclosed how the agency reached out to members and people living with HIV during the Covid-19 outbreak, to supply drugs three-month worth of drugs and consumable. He advised persons living with stigmatisation of the virus to reach out to the organisation for treatment, adding that early detection and treatment is key is reducing the spread and improved lifespan for such people.