Nigeria News –
The Civil Society on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, CiSHAN, has gotten in touch with the Global Fund and other donor companies to increase their commitment to HIV Self Checking in Nigeria as a means of reaching the unreached population, specifically teenagers. young adults and other vulnerable populations,
This is as the HIV advocacy group started advocacy to develop a culture of HIV self-testing amongst Nigerians at all levels.
The project, which is anticipated to reach all corners of the country, is in a quote to get at least 10 million young Nigerians checked for their HIV status by the end of 2020.
The relocation is also part of efforts to support the federal government in its goal to reach its first 95 of the 95-95-95 global target of stopping the transmission of HIV by the year 2030.
The Executive Secretary, CiSHAN, Dr. Walter Ugwuocha states aside from the requirement to increase the number of Nigerians with access to HIV testing, the project will recognize recently detected HIV favorable individuals and connect them up with treatment centres for expedited care.
A 2018 National AIDS Sign and Impact Study (2018) had actually revealed that Nigeria was still far from achieving its set targets in HIV control, a circumstance that was more intensified by the development of the COVID-19 outbreak.
CISHAN noted that the inability of clients to gain access to treatment during the COVID -19 lockdown could have seriously set back gains currently made by Nigeria in the control of HIV, despite collective efforts to reach a couple of with lifesaving treatments throughout the heat of the pandemic.
” Our strategy is focused on creating awareness and need for HIV self-testing in Nigeria. We mean to make use of over 5000 members of the organisation located in the 774 city government locations of Nigeria to help with access to HIV self-testing kits in both rural and difficult to reach areas, Dr. Walter explained.
‘ This project is code-named HIV Self-Testing Project: Getting 10 Million Nigerians to know their HIV status through HIV Self-Testing” He stated.
He stated” We have begun neighborhood conversation on making HIV Self Checking sets work for Pregnant females throughout the country and how the National government (FMoH & NPHCDA) can make it readily available & available to them especially those who would and can not buy from federal government centers.
The group desires all its constituent members to accept the national rollout of the HIV self-testing program as it can help in closing the big HIV testing gap and ensuring the nation accomplishes the very first 95 in the HIV action.
CiSHAN has actually likewise urged the Federal Ministry of Health, National Company for the Control of HELP (NACA) and various state Ministries, Agencies and Departments included with the HIV/AIDS action to disseminate HIV Self Checking guidelines urgently.