HIV/AIDS: NACA, others get 49 million global fund grant

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fund raisingThe fight against the spread of HIV and AIDS in the country got a boost on Thursday with a 49-million-dollar Global Fund support to three agencies to combat the scourge of the disease.

The three agencies are the National Action Committee Against HIV/AIDS (NACA), Society for Family Health (SFH) and the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH).

The agencies jointly signed the agreement with Global Fund at the reception organised for the visiting delegation of the Fund at the Ocean View Restaurant, Victoria Island Lagos.

The leader of the seven-man delegation and Deputy Executive Director of Global Fund, Ms Helen Evans, told newsmen that the body was established in 2002 to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

According to her, national co-ordination and participation of public and private sector stakeholders were central issues for the allocation of Global Fund resources.

Evans also explained that the country co-ordinating mechanisms (CCM) formed an essential structure of the Fund and underlined its commitment to local ownership and participatory decision-making.

To access its fund, she said, public and private organisation had to forward their proposals through relevant country co-ordinating structure based on priority needs at the national level concerning all the three diseases.

When a grant is approved, the Country Co-ordinating Mechanism would oversee progress during implementation, Evans further explained.

Country co-ordinating mechanisms include representatives from both the public and private sectors including governments, multi-lateral or bi-lateral agencies, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, private businesses and people living with the disease.

Our correspondent learnt that the visiting executives are in Nigeria to witness the formal presentation of the grants to principal recipients and also to encourage private sector on the need to partner with the Global Fund.

While commending the support of the Global Funds, the chief executive officer of Friends of Global Fund in Africa, Dr Akudo Ikemba, said that the fund had given grant worth 5.5 billion dollars to fight HIV/AIDS since its inception.

About 60 per cent of this grant, Akudo said, had been distributed to relevant agencies in Nigeria in the fight against the spread of HIV and AIDS.

The managing director of Access Bank, Mr Aigboje Aig-imoukhuede, said the global HIV/AIDS statistics of 40.3 million people living with the virus worldwide, had disturbing economic implications.

source - Tide Online 

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