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U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Commends CDC Nigeria and HIV/AIDS Partners for Efforts to Scale Up and Sustain Programs (October 3, 2012)

October 05, 2012
IPs and CDC officials in Group photo with Amb McCulley_Embassy photo by Idika Onyukwu

IPs and CDC officials in Group photo with Amb McCulley_Embassy photo by Idika Onyukwu

CDC Nigeria hosted a meeting in October with its PEPFAR implementing partners to prioritize and plan for addressing HIV/AIDS activities in Nigeria in the coming fiscal year. The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Terrence P. McCulley, who spoke at the event, thanked CDC Nigeria and its partners for their work and successes this fiscal year.

“I commend CDC and its partners for the critical role you are playing to help build strong programs that respond effectively to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nigeria at a local level,” said Ambassador McCulley.“We are entering a new phase of the HIV/AIDS response. It is a phase focusing on scaling up and sustainability.”

The CDC office in Nigeria was launched in February 2001. Since then, CDC Nigeria has supported the Nigerian Ministry of Health in its efforts to prevent transmission of HIV/AIDS, treat and care for those who are already infected, increase laboratory capacity, and build health infrastructure to help support a sustainable national response. CDC Nigeria works with the Nigerian Ministry of Health, more than 20 partners throughout Nigeria, and within the U.S. Government (USG) Nigeria Team (Department of Defense, Department of State, USAID) to combat HIV/AIDS.

“This program is about people and this fight is about saving lives…saving Nigerians, saving mothers and their babies,” said CDC Nigeria Country Director, Dr. Okey Nwanyanwu.

CDC, along with the USG Nigeria Team, are increasing efforts to ensure that its HIV/AIDS programs respond effectively at a local level to promote greater coverage and access to services and to ensure sustainability of services beyond PEPFAR. Nearly ninety percent of CDC Nigeria’s implementing partners are now indigenous Nigerian organizations, an outcome of the effort to increase local ownership of PEPFAR program implementation.

“The success of the PEPFAR activities in Nigeria squarely rests on the shoulders of local organizations and the local, state, and national government of Nigeria with the support of this U.S. Mission and leadership from CDC, USAID, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. State Department” said Ambassador McCulley.  “It is a shared task to make sure these programs are strong, sustainable, and responsibly governed. It won’t be easy, but partner activities are paving the way for an AIDS-free generation in Nigeria. “

Visit CDC Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS Web site for more information

An AIDS Free Generation

  • In her speech on November 8, 2011, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on the United States and other countries to use recent scientific breakthroughs to create an AIDS-free generation. An AIDS-free generation means that

    • Virtually no children are born infected with the HIV virus;
    • As these children become teens and adults, they are at far lower risk of becoming infected than they would be today, thanks to a wide range of HIV prevention tools; and,
    • If they do acquire the HIV virus, they have access to treatment that helps prevent them from developing AIDS and passing the virus to other.