AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are among key major disease burden that Nigerians are faced with daily. The substantial increase in resources dedicated to health through development assistance and other sources in the last ten years is changing the trajectory of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, as well as other health problems in Nigeria. Though HIV/AIDS and Malaria is in the decline in Nigeria, more remain to be done.
The Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) – Nigeria of the Global Fund through the Chairman and Minister of Health, Prof. C.O Onyebuchi Chukwu recently hosted participants from the West and Central Africa (WCA) Constituency of the Global Fund Board for a Pre-Board meeting, first of its kind in Global Fund history. Aimed at reviewing the indicative agenda of the Thirty-First Global Fund Board with a view to arriving at a common position, the meeting created an interactive forum for the WCA Constituency to share best practices, agreed on priority needs review the Constituency Annual Action Plan. Expressing is pleasure that the meeting was held, Prof O.A. Ladipo, President/CEO of ARFH who was accompanied by Dr. Felix Iwuala and Dr. Queen Ogbuji maintained that the meeting was an opportunity to exchange views and strengthen relationship among Francophone and Anglophone countries in the region.
As one of the Principal Recipients of the Global Fund grant to Nigeria since 2007, ARFH is working with the Federal Government and Civil Society Networks to reduce the three disease burden on Nigerians though Community System Strengthening, Comprehensive Care and support to Orphans and Venerable Children, Home Base care and Treatment Adherence support, distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal (LLI) Net to protect families from malaria, as well as DOT expansion to increase to access to TB services and support.
The Global Fund galvanizes support for the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria, working with partners including Civil Society Organizations to support the most effective prevention and treatment. Created in 2002, The Global Fund works to dramatically increase resources for the fight against the three pandemics. It spurs partnerships between government, civil society, the private sector and communities living with the diseases, the most effective way to fight these deadly infectious diseases.