The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for launching a plan to fast-track HIV treatment and prevention in Nigeria. The plan was launched in Abuja on December 1, during the commemoration of this year’s World AIDS Day at a ceremony witnessed by ministers, the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), senior government officials, representatives of several United Nations agencies and other development partners. A statement from the organisation said the plan launched by the Minister of Health,
Prof Isaac Adewole, on behalf of President Buhari, would help to quickly put 500,000 more people living with HIV on treatment and get Nigeria back on track to achieve the 90-90-90 treatment target. The plan would also support the testing of three million more pregnant women for HIV and treat the 75,000 who would be newly diagnosed, it said. UNAIDS also welcomed the urgency to fast-track treatment and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV as was expressed by Prof Adewole in his World AIDS Day speech. “We have our eyes set on the 90-90-90 target and the treat-all strategy, the achievement of which requires bold and strategic thinking,” Prof Adewole said in his speech.