1.7 Nigeria women, 380, 000 children living with HIV – FMOH

1.7 Nigeria women, 380, 000 children living with HIV – FMOH

● Also highest number of HIV paediatric cases in the world

Some participants at the workshop.


CALABAR – A high number of Nigerian women and children approximately, 1.7million women and 380,00 children under age 15, are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, according to the 2015 data revealed recently by The The National AIDS & STIs Control Program (NASCP) of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH).
Speaking at the opening of a 3-day national workshop of the Journalists Alliance for Prevention of HIV Mother-to-Child Transmission in Nigeria (JAPIN), today in Calabar, NASCP National Coordinator, Dr. Sunday Aboje, expressed dismay that only 53,677 HIV positive pregnant women out of about 75,855 that tests positive in the same year received anti-retroviral drugs.
“As a result of this, many babies have been exposed to HIV/AIDS through Mother To Child Transmission (EMTCT). Currently, Nigeria has the largest number of paediatric HIV cases in the world”, Taiwo Olakunle, who represented Dr. Aboje, said.
According to him, Nigeria’s HIV burden remains the second highest, globally, with 3.4 million people estimated to be living with the disease. He noted that the country is committed to the goal of eliminating Mother-to-child transmission by 2020 and has initiated a number of strategies to achieve it. 

More participants at the workshop


“These include the adoption of the ‘Test and Treat all’ strategy, decentralization, task shifting and sharing and scaling up of PMTCT services through revitalization and strengthening of the primary healthcare systems.
“The e-MTCT Operational Plan 2017-2018 was developed by stakeholders in the national PMTCT response, with the aim of ensuring that 80% of adolescents and young people have access to prevention interventions, 36% of all HIV positive women have access to contraceptive, 75% of all pregnant women receive quality HIV testing and counselling and receive their results, 60% of all HIV positive pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers receive ARVs, 50% of all HIV exposed infants receive ARV prophylaxis, 50% of all HIV exposed infants have early infant diagnosis services, 50% of all HIV exposed infants receive CTX prophylaxis”, he said.
He called for increased domestic funding for HIV response at all level of government, particularly now that foreign donors are withdrawing. 
“There should be strengthening of the PMTCT, massive involvement of private sector and private health facilities,  focused advocacy for improved political commitment and funding, as well as improved coordination at all level,” he said.
The workshop, organised by UNICEF, has over 40 journalists from different states of Nigeria coming together to discuss ways of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and how to reduce the burden

About author

You might also like

EDUCATION 0 Comments

How ‘Powerforward’ reduced vices in Abuja schools – Education Board

Secondary schools in Abuja are now recording fewer vices among its students, following a school intervention programme, Powerforward, a project funded by Exxonmobil and executed by Africare. At a stakeholders

Pregnancy complications may signal later risk of heart disease death – Study

Women who experience complications during pregnancy may be at greater risk of dying from heart disease later in life than women with uncomplicated pregnancies, according to new research in the

NCDC issues Public Health Advisory on Ebola

Following the recent confirmation of an outbreak of Ebola in Congo, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has issued a public health advisory to assist Nigerians in preventing the

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply