Foundation enrolls 821,000 persons living with HIV/AIDS on treatment globally

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), an NGO, said it had enrolled no fewer than 821,000 people living with HIV and AIDS on treatment in 38 countries around the globe.

Mr Steve Aborisade, Advocacy and Marketing Manager AHF, disclosed this on Tuesday in an Interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

According to Aborisade, AHF is celebrating 30 years Anniversary of keeping the promise on HIV and AIDS response around the world.

He said the foundation had operated in 38 countries including six states in Nigeria – Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Cross river, Anambra and the FCT.

He said of the 821, 000 enrolled on treatment globally, over 13 000 people living with HIV were enrolled on treatment from six states with high burden of HIV in Nigeria.

Aborisade said the group had provided quality and free HIV/AIDS treatment in hard-to-reach communities of the project states.

While highlighting some of the achievements of the organisation, the advocacy and marketing manager said the beneficiaries of the programme were no longer able to transmit the disease to another person.

“Mothers living with the virus no longer transmit HIV to their babies; they deliver healthy babies who are HIV negative, while persons living with the virus enjoy longer life expectancy.

“Some years past, this wasn’t the story, the history of the HIV and AIDS epidemic was one of illness, uncertainty, fear and death as the world faced a new and unknown virus.

“Today’s achievements are as a result of dogged commitments of individuals, organisations and government.

“Looking back, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) evolved out of the struggle for today that we now have.

Aborisade further reiterated the commitment of AHF to re-strengthen its partnership with relevant stakeholders to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2020 and end AIDS as a public health challenge by 2030.

NAN reports that AHF Nigeria has been operating in the country since 2011 and presently operates in six states across the country. – NAN

 

– Nov. 28, 2017 @ 13:00 GMT

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