Global Fund Reiterates Its Commitment
- Written by Oluwafemi Olowookere
The Executive Director, Global Fund, Mr. Peter Sands, has reiterated the commitment of the Global Fund, an International Financing Organisation towards tackling HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria epidemic in Nigeria, the Executive Director stated this in a press briefing in Abuja, recently.
Mr. Sands informed that the Global Fund had approved a grant worth 660 Million Dollars as part of the organisation’s effort towards reducing the effect of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria prevalent in Nigeria. He noted that the grant would last for a Three year period to include more people on the treatment of the diseases.
He also said that ‘’Nigeria has remained a country in which Global Fund has invested tremendously in the past because of its highest burden of Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
He stressed that ‘’ we have invested about 2.6 billion dollars to tackle these epidemics in the past and we intend to do more to get more people treatment’’.
Mr. Sands appreciated ‘’ the hard work in the outcome of the partnership between the Federal Government and Global fund but we believe that we still have a lot of work to do’’.
‘’ For HIV and AIDS, we want more people on treatment; we also want to prevent Mother to Child Transmission. ‘’we also want to reduce malaria related deaths and we want to ensure that the percentage of people on tuberculosis treatment increase. ‘’Above all, we will like to see a return on our investment, which is to save life’’, he added.
In his remarks, the Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole assured the organisation of judicious use of the grant. He further said that FG is commitment towards providing Healthcare services for the people, where they are needed.
Prof. Adewole informed that Nigeria Government was injecting Twenty Two Billion Naira into vaccine procurement.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Director- General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr. Sani Aliyu, appreciated the continuous support of Global Fund in the Health Sector of Nigeria.