More than 15,000 Nigerians got tested by AHF NIGERIA for HIV Testing Campaign!
AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS organisation in the world. It provides health care to more than 600,000 patients in 36 countries, including the US, throughout Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Europe and Asia. In Nigeria, it is better known as AHF Nigeria and has been operating in the country since 2011 when its first began operations in Abuja, Benue and Kogi; expanding to three additional states in 5 years.
“Nigeria carries the 2nd highest burden of HIV after South Africa, with 3.4 million people living with the virus. In the country, relevant stakeholders and partners are scaling up testing uptake and AHF Nigeria is taking measures to consolidate these efforts and champion community driven testing outreaches” says Dr. Adetayo Towolawi, Country Programme Manager AHF Nigeria. “AHF is committed to ensuring the availability of HIV Testing services in the country and initiatives such as this provide us a platform to educate individuals and communities. Today, there are mechanisms in place to check stigma and discrimination. We want to encourage people to take a step and know their HIV status.” says Elizabeth Duile, Prevention Program Manager for AHF Nigeria.
Only about 45% of Nigerians know their HIV status; and judging by the population size, this percentage is quite low. As part of AHF Nigeria’s testing scale up plan, the testing campaign will target Abuja, Anambra, Benue, Cross River, Kogi and Nasarawa states. In addition to HIV testing, individuals will also have an opportunity to check their blood pressure, receive health and wellness talks among other services.