President Muhammadu Buhari has today launched a sixty-two billion Naira (N62bn) trust fund to end AIDS as a public health threat in Nigeria and place more people living with HIV on treatment annually.
The president while speaking at the launch of the HIV Trust Fund of Nigeria (HTFN) pledged that his administration would continue to prioritize health interventions to address killer diseases and public health emergencies.
In his statement, he said “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 mobilization with an enduring partnership and shared responsibility is required to sustain the response to HIV and other emerging public health emergencies,”.
He also 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.