During a 2016 World AIDS Day programme in Lagos on Monday with theme: World AIDS Day is Leadership, Commitment, Impact, the U.S Consul-General, John BrayAbout 600,000 Nigerian men, women, and children (90 per cent of the people living with HIV/AIDs) are currently on HIV treatment, with more than 55,000 pregnant women being provided anti-retroviral drugs for the prevention of mother-to- child transmission of HIV, saying that 8.7 million people have received HIV counseling and testing, while 750,000 adults and children living with the HIV/AIDs have received care and support. Mr. Bray also said that they want to assure you of the U.S. government’s unwavering commitment in supporting partner countries to control their epidemics, and our focus on ensuring every dollar invested has the greatest impact for those in need.Mr. Bray has said that since its inception in 2004, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has disbursed more than 3.4 billion dollars to support Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS response.
“As some of you may know, last week the Nigerian federal government launched a simplified version of its HIV Anti-discrimination Act to strengthen the Nigerian HIV response system which is geared towards stopping HIV related stigma by 2020 and eliminating the disease by 2030. The Consul-General said with the contributions of the U.S. and Nigerian governments, the United Nations, Global Fund, private sector, faith-based community, civil society, and other partners, the AIDS epidemic could be ended by 2030. ,” said Mr. Bray.”We must not only drive toward controlling the AIDS epidemic but also ensure the long-term sustainability of national HIV/AIDS programs. PEPFAR is using our Sustainability Index and Dashboard (SID) to track, assess, and improve our investments toward strengthening sustainability. “We must come together as a global community – with urgency, focus, and transparency – to achieve an AIDS-free generation where no one is left behind. One key aspect of transparency is making granular data available. PEPFAR is helping lead the way in this area by making our quarterly program results available for everyone to see and use.”