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Buhari launches N62 billion HIV Trust Fund

Since 2005 about $6.2 billion has been spent on HIV response in Nigeria, according to the federal government.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday inaugurated a N62 billion HIV Trust Fund of Nigeria (HTFN) to help Nigeria end AIDS as a public health threat and place more people living with HIV on treatment annually.

Inaugurating the HTFN in Abuja, Mr Buhari pledged that his administration would prioritise health interventions to address killer diseases and public health emergencies.

“Ending AIDS as a public health threat in Nigeria will require increased domestic funding. We have continued to make good our commitment of placing more people living with HIV on treatment annually using national resources.

“However, strong domestic resource mobilisation with an enduring partnership and shared responsibility is required to sustain the response to HIV and other emerging public health emergencies.”

Mr Buhari noted that Nigeria’s purposeful partnership with the private sector in the response to COVID-19 pandemic had provided a readily available financing solution to leverage on to sustain the HIV response.

He commended the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and the Nigeria Business Coalition Against AIDS for their efforts in establishing the HIV Trust Fund of Nigeria to secure a generation of babies free of HIV.

“Going forward, I hope The HIV Trust Fund of Nigeria will galvanize more of the private sector and other partners to surpass the target of Sixty-Two Billion Naira in the next five years,” he added.
In his remarks, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said since 2005 about $6.2 billion had been spent on HIV response in Nigeria.

“About 80 per cent of the funds were contributed by external donors, mainly the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“The Private Sector contributed 0.1 per cent to 2 per cent of total funds with the rest of funds provided by the Nigerian government,” Mr Mustapha said.

(NAN)

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