AS part of United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States Government yesterday earmarked an extra $500 million to support the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. The American government also announced that it had committed about $3.5 billion (about N580 billion) to the Nigeria HIV/AIDS response since the inception of the PEPFAR Nigeria programme in 2004. Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy, Abuja, Maria Brewer, who announced the development, also dispelled concerns in some quarters that US was withdrawing its assistance for HIV intervention in Nigeria.
Brewer said: “Success for the PEPFAR Nigeria program will be determined by how effectively we focus and tailor our efforts, together with our partners, to control the epidemic. With the generous support of the American people, the US government has commitment more than $3.5 billion (About 580 billion naira) to the Nigeria HIV/AIDS response since the inception of the PEPFAR Nigeria programme in 2004.”