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From the Darkest of Days to a New Dawn: 35 Years of the Nigerian Response to HIV and AIDS

From the Darkest of Days to a New dawn: 35 years of the Nigerian Response to HIV and AIDS is the title of a seminal book just published by a team of institutions that have been part of the AIDS response in Nigeria, for the past 35 years. The book was launched on the 14th […]

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Thought Leadership

World AIDS Day 2021: End Inequalities. End AIDS, End Pandemics

By Ibukun Oguntola and Thelma Chioma Abeku (Lead Writers) On the 1st of December every year, the world commemorates World AIDS Day, a day set aside to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS pandemic, sharing progress and successes as well as identifying challenges in tackling the virus globally and locally. World AIDS Day is also an […]

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Health Thought Leadership

In the fight against HIV/AIDS, communities can make a lot of difference: World AIDS Day 2019

Editor’s Note: For World AIDS Day 2019, Dr. Obehioye Aimiosior, Medical Officer, Augustine University, Ilara, reflects on the importance of the theme, “Communities make a difference,” and proffers ways that we can all ensure that Nigeria reaches the important UNAIDS target of 90–90–90.  World AIDS Dayis celebrated on December 1 every year and is dedicated […]

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Health Thought Leadership

Will self-testing lead to better access to HIV treatment in Nigeria?

“The problem is not the second or third 90 but the first 90” – Dr. Sunday Agbochenu Aboje, National Coordinator, HIV/AIDS & STIs Control Program, Federal Ministry of Health. When there is a big public health problem, fiddling around at the edges hardly changes anything, neither does hiding our heads in the sand. The world […]

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Press Release

Press Release: Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey

The Federal Government of Nigeria in its continuous efforts to improve the health indices of its populace will be conducting the Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS). This is a national household survey that will determine the distribution of HIV and Hepatitis B & C in the country. It will also assess the uptake […]

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Press Release

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love Wisely, Share Love not HIV!!!

Press Release by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) The Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr. Sani Aliyu wants Nigerians, especially young people, to take advantage of the spirit of love and togetherness that Valentine’s Day signifies, to know their HIV status. It is important that all […]

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Health Thought Leadership

Time for Nigeria to own its HIV response

In a small cramped room in a village in Nigeria, sits a little girl called ‘Mary’ (not her real name). Her father is dead, her mother is dead. They both died of AIDS-related illnesses, and the HIV virus was passed on to Mary. She lives with her grandfather, who is a farmer and an alcoholic. […]

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Press Release

Re: Nigerian scientist conquers HIV/AIDS

Our attention has been drawn to a recent media statement by Maduike Ezeibe, a Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Virology at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, claiming to have discovered a new drug for the cure of HIV/AIDS. An editorial in the newspaper “Leadership” (http://leadership.ng/opinions/569782/nigerian-scientist-conquers-hivaids), quoted the professor as saying that the drug, […]

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Health Policy Thought Leadership

A Call to Action on Prevention as NACA hosts HIV Conference in Abuja

Nigeria has the second largest burden of HIV on the African continent, with an estimated 3.5 million Nigerians infected and 60,000 new babies born HIV positive every year. With an increased global focus on the need to scale up prevention and fund the treatment and the science behind the fight for a cure, the National […]

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Prevention Conference to highlight key HIV/AIDS findings

PRESS RELEASE Prevention Conference to highlight key HIV/AIDS findings Abuja, 14 November 2016 — A national scientific Conference on HIV prevention has been organised to showcase the achievements of the AIDS response in Nigeria. The landmark Conference organised by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) is part of activities to commemorate World […]