Distribution of some 1.2 billion condoms in eight states under a programme funded by the British government against HIV/AIDS helped prevent 2.5 million unintended pregnancies, according no new findings released in Abuja.
Called Enhancing Nigeria’s Response (ENR) to HIV/AIDS, the programme also prevented 109,364 new HV infections, said Bright Ekweremadu, team leader of the programme managed by Society for Family Health.
The condoms and associated health promotion also helped prevent some 10,000 maternal deaths and years of contraceptive protection. More than 1.8 million people in eight high prevalence states–Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross River, Kaduna, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun–tested and got results for HIV, according to data from the tail end of the programme in 2013 and early 2014. The numbers from 2009 when ENR started also show increase in comprehensive HIV knowledge among men and women.