Nigeria Country Visit 25-26 May 2016

Champions in Nigeria ahead of global HIV/AIDS summit

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria


ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THREE eminent African leaders and UNAIDS Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation will embark on a two-day official visit to Nigeria to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s participation in the United Nations High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS.

The leaders that will be in Abuja are former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, and former Vice President of Uganda, Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe.

From tomorrow (Wednesday) the UNAIDS Champions will be meeting Buhari to discuss the HIV/AIDS response in Nigeria ahead of the United Nations High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS scheduled to take place from June 8 to 10 in New York.

The Champions will also meet members of the National Assembly, the leadership at the Ministry of Health, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS and the United Nations Country Team in Nigeria.

Nigeria has a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS with over 3,4 million living with the condition.

There are between 150 000 and 200 000 deaths per year.

– CAJ News