Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, visited Nigeria at the end of February to meet with senior government leaders, legislators, implementing partners and members of civil society.
While in Nigeria, Ambassador Goosby reinforced the U.S. Government commitment to Nigeria as a partner in the fight against HIV/AIDS and ensured that the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) would continue to work with Nigerian leadership to develop a sustainable, long-term response to the epidemic.
Ambassador Goosby's trip to Nigeria coincided with the visit of UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé. Together, they visited Maitama Public Hospital, which is jointly supported by PEPFAR and UNAIDS. They also attended a roundtable discussion with implementing partners to discuss local ownership of the response to HIV/AIDS and partnerships for sustainability.
During a meeting with Nigerian Minister of Health Professor Babatunde Oshotimehin, Ambassador Goosby reiterated the U.S. Government's support for Nigeria's response to HIV/AIDS.
"It is gratifying to hear that Nigeria has developed a robust, orchestrated response at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. What we need to work on is the deficit in prevention of mother-to-child transmission services and shortfalls in counseling and testing. Despite the global economic meltdown, we remain firmly committed to Nigeria's response to HIV/AIDS," he said.
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