The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) says the Nigerian HIV/AIDS Trust Fund will be effective from March 2019.
Dr Sani Aliyu, Director-General of NACA, made this announcement at the 2018 Civil Society Organisations Accountability Forum.
The forum was themed: “Domestic Resource Mobilisation: Increasing Public and Private Sector Investment”, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Aliyu explained that the virus could be controlled but the challenge was funding, hence the need for the establishment of the fund.
“The HIV Trust Fund of Nigeria has been adopted by private sector, it is an initiative that would be private sector driven and it would be launched in March 2019
“Its main function would be to bring funding into HIV treatment, with this trust fund, emphasis would be shifted from just treatment to prevention.
He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari has also directed that the full amount for the HIV/AIDS treatment should be released to fast track results,”
Aliyu continued that there was an ongoing Nigeria HIV and AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) to establish the status of people living with the scourge.
He said that the survey would inform the government on the persons affected with the disease in the country and to provide adequate treatment and care for the patients.
The outcome he believed would define Nigeria’s new HIV and AIDS status in considering the prevalence and incidence.
He added that the data gotten from the survey would change the outlook of HIV in Nigeria and shift the narrative from treatment to prevention.
He commended the CSOs for the initiative, adding that the conference was the first of its kind.