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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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Homabay County in Kenya is Raising an HIV Free Generation

By Joyce Chimbi (Lead Writer) Homabay County has been the face of HIV/Aids in Kenya as it has the country’s oldest and largest HIV treatment programme. Nearly a quarter of the county’s entire population lives with HIV. “Six years ago, with an overall HIV prevalence-for all adults and children- of 25.7 percent against a national […]

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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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Eid-El- Kabir Celebration: A Time to Reflect

Abuja, 9th August 2019 — As Muslim faithful’s celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir all over the world, it is important to reflect on the significance of this celebration and its lesson as it relates to HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care. The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) saddled with responsibilities of coordinating the HIV/AIDS multi […]

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Africa

Ten highlights from the 21st International Conference on AIDS

[dropcap]O[/dropcap] ver the last week, your Nigeria Health Watch team has been at the 21st International AIDS Conference, the largest conference on any global health or development issue globally. Many of the burning issues on HIV/AIDS discussed at the conference, which was back in Africa after 16 years, have significantly moved on from the dark […]

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Africa

Almost no Science from Nigeria at International Conference on AIDS

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]inally, the moment came – The 21st International Conference on AIDS kicked off in Durban, South Africa on the 18th of July, the birthday of Nelson Mandela. With the largest number of registered delegates at a health conference, it has been a refreshing and yet challenging start. The efficiency of the organisers, the warmth of […]

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HIV elimination goals and the reality of living with HIV in Nigeria

Today is World AIDS day 2015. All over the media in Nigeria, there have been reports on the new goal of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) to “eliminate” AIDS in Nigeria by 2030. As there is no cure for AIDS, only treatment, the goal that NACA actually set was to reduce […]

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Before the SDGs, how did Nigeria really do with the MDGs?

In August 2015, reports emerged in the Nigerian press that “Nigeria had attained the Millennium Development Goals”.  The article below quoted the Secretary of Programmes in the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Mr. Ogenyi Ochapa, verbatim, with no critical commentary on the validity of his statement, which boldly declared: […]

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The Female Condom: Contraception for Her and Him

There are many reasons why women and men should advocate and use the female condom. Like the male condom, the female condom prevents unwanted pregnancy and protects from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) such as HIV. In addition, the female condom gives women the option to take contraception into their own hands and allows men to […]

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Where are the Nigerian health advocates?

As our public health sector continues to deteriorate, it is impossible not to notice the absence of any sustained advocacy. This is most obvious in the HIV/AIDS arena. Nigeria has the second highest number of people infected in the world, over 3 million of us! Less than 500,000 are on treatment – all funded by […]