Nigeria: Military Partnership Extends Life-Saving Antiretroviral Treatment (April 2007)


In Nigeria, PEPFAR supports a military-to-military partnership with the Nigerian Armed Forces to fight HIV/AIDS. In April 2006, a need for antiretroviral treatment services was identified in the state of Benue, which has Nigeria's highest HIV prevalence rate. With support from the Emergency Plan, dedicated Nigerian military staff worked in partnership with the U.S. Government and key stakeholders to rapidly establish and scale up treatment services in Benue.

A team of three Nigerian military medical staff was dispatched to assist in establishing services. They met extensively with local support groups to ensure that the planned service would meet local needs. In June 2006, free antiretroviral treatment was launched at the 44 Nigerian Air Force Hospital in Makurdi, the capital of Benue. Both the Minister of State for Defence and the Governor of Benue lent political support to the inaugural program.


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