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Health Expert Urges FG To Invest in HIV Prevention.

Health experts has called on the federal government of Nigeria and other stakeholders to invest more in effort to prevent HIV infection. HIV prevention intervention team while advocating for supportive policy and programmes, made the call at a media roundtable organised by AVAC Fellow 2020 in partnership with the Journalists Alliance for AIDS, JAAIDS on the role of media in HIV prevention advocacy with the theme: “Advocating for supportive policy and programmes for effective HIV prevention interventions”.

Health experts has called on the federal government of Nigeria and other stakeholders to invest more in effort to prevent HIV infection. HIV prevention intervention team while advocating for supportive policy and programmes, made the call at a media roundtable organised by AVAC Fellow 2020 in partnership with the Journalists Alliance for AIDS, JAAIDS on the role of media in HIV prevention advocacy with the theme: “Advocating for supportive policy and programmes for effective HIV prevention interventions”.

The Key Population Advisor, Heartland Alliance, Mr. Michael said they were funding gaps for interventions needed by the majority while interventions needed by fewer are funded most.

We need more investment in prevention in order to match our investment in treatment because we cannot leave people to be getting infested and we are much more interested in putting money in treating them, so we need to move towards investment in prevention,” he said.

The Executive Director, JAAIDS, Mrs. Olayide Akanni, said it is focusing on prevention because it remains the core aim of the response, adding that evidence for success in prevention efforts includes sustained processes that are combining socio-behavioural interventions with biomedical and structural intervention.

Also, she said that prevention interventions are still being underfunded as more emphasis has been laid on treatment over the years.

According to Akanni, UNAIDS 2018 data indicates that key populations and their sexual partners accounted for 64 percent of all new infections within the West and Central Africa region, while  160 young women aged 15 to 24 years become infected with HIV in the region every day.

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