President Muhammadu Buhari launches HIV Trust Fund.
Written by News Room on February 1, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari has launched a 62.1-billion-naira fund to improve efforts towards sustaining the country’s HIV response, addressing killer diseases and public health emergencies.
According to reports, the trust fund was launched at an event at the state house on Tuesday.
President Buhari, however, said he was hopeful that the private sector-led initiative will surpass the 62-billion-naira target in the next five years, in order to adequately provide requisite treatment for HIV-positive mothers while contributing to closing the funding gap for HIV in Nigeria.
The private sector-led funding for the HIV Trust fund of Nigeria is expected to crystalise a sustainable financial mechanism for the mobilisation and deployment of domestic private sector resources, particularly aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the country.
According to the Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Ms Winnie Byanyima, a total of 1.7 million Nigerians are living with HIV, while 1.6 million of that figure are on treatment.