Nigeria is determined to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, according to Health Minister Osagie Ehanire, the country’s Joint United Nations HIV / AIDS Vision Programme.
At the launch of a campaign to combat HIV / AIDS by the National Agency for AIDS Control (NACA) in Abuja, the Minister reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to viral suppression through what he called “detection, diagnosis, and elimination.”
Ehanire highlighted the successes of Nigeria in HIV care programs, which started in 1986 when the country first announced the epidemic.
NACA head Gambo Aliyu expressed satisfaction with the success of Nigeria in fighting HIV / AIDS as the official measure showed that the country’s HIV prevalence dropped from 4.4% in 2005 to 1.4% in 2018.
He has attributed success to community efforts over the past 15 years in partnership with government and foreign aid.