The Society for Family Health has reaffirmed its commitment to paving the way for the abolition of AIDS in Nigeria.
According to the NGO, the path will help to prepare for and combat future pandemics, as well as promote progress toward the 2030 global goals.
Mr. Kene Eruchaluade, Deputy Managing Director, Service Delivery, announced in a statement issued in Abuja.
Mr Eruchaluade said the report charted a path that could end AIDS, and document important progress, even though challenges remained.
He added that women and girls were not being reached sufficiently, stressing that the report showed that “every week 4,000 adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV and the majority are in the region of Sub-Saharan Africa due to gaps in HIV prevention programmes and gender inequalities.
He said; “According to the new report, the path to ending AIDS is clear but requires a political and financial commitment.
“An estimated 39 million people were living with HIV around the world in 2022, yet world leaders could end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.”
He said addressing those gaps was crucial to ending AIDS and would also require international solidarity between rich and poor countries.
Eruchaluade also explained that it was time for countries, including Nigeria, to renew their commitment by translating their promise into action.
He said that SFH, with support from multiple partners, had been working together to eliminate all HIV-related stigma and discrimination by providing safe space and promoting of non-discriminatory laws for key populations.
He stressed that recently, the Harm Reduction Services Guidelines and SOP were recently inaugurated in Nigeria, with SFH providing high-level technical support towards its actualisation.
This includes supporting research and study tours towards a better understanding of how it can be rolled out.
The organisation is also providing continuous support in meaningful engagement for young people in and out of schools, education and curriculum development and voluntary HIV testing to empower community networks.
He said; “We have also rolled out interventions around Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission for pregnant women and children.
“This reaches thousands to uphold the power of adolescent girls and young women to make autonomous decisions about their own bodies and challenge discriminatory norms that prevent access.
“We work to continually build the capacity of community-based organisations, lower cadre health workers and networks, to enable sustainable HIV programming at the community level.”
Eruchaluade further said that SFH was now working with the National Health Insurance Authority, National Agency for the Control of AIDS and other sub-national governments to put people and communities first in their policy priority and programmes in achieving Universal Health Coverage.
This, he said, promoted the integration of HIV care in Nigeria’s health systems, leadership and governance, and gender equality for better overall health.