Federal Government Set to Launch HIV Trust Fund

HIV couples give birth to 72 negative babies in Bauchi
The federal government in its efforts towards addressing the HIV funding gap in the country has launched the National HIV Trust Fund. The director-general of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Sani Aliyu, disclosed this at the 2018 World AIDS Day commemoration event, held at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja, on Thursday. According to Mr. Aliyu, the seed money for the take-off of the HIV Trust Fund is about $15 million. He said the initiative, which is private sector driven, would provide a platform for more contributions from the private sector. Aliyu said the trust fund is the fruit of government engagement with the private sector. He said, “We have been working on strengthening our engagement with the private sector in Nigeria through the Nigeria Business Coalition against AIDS (NIBUCAA) in a bid to increase domestic funding for HIV towards a more sustainable response. The HIV Trust Fund, which will soon be launched, will provide the platform for more concrete contributions from the private sector. It is our hope that resources that come through this window will help to close the gap in access to antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV.” The chairperson of the NACA governing board, Pauline Tallen, said the goals of the National HIV response are achievable if all involved play their role. Mrs. Tallen said the board would continue to play a leading role in the advocacy required, including for the creation of greater fiscal space for HIV especially at the state level where the needs are greater. In his goodwill message, the National Secretary of the Network of People Living With HIV\AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), Abdulkadir Ibrahim, urged the federal government to consider approving a budget line for the network since this will help address the challenges confronting its members who are economically disadvantaged.

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