Abuja: POLICY Project, 2002. 49 p.
Nigeria. Federal Ministry of Health
Nigeria. National Action Committee on HIV and AIDS
Though responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic is no longer seen to be the exclusive responsibility of the health sector, this sector has always provided the technical know-how and leadership for collecting information on the trends of the epidemic over the past decade. Without these efforts it would be impossible to determine what impact current interventions are achieving, a situation that may discourage those who have committed so much of their time and resources to this battle. It is gratifying that although alternate-year sentinel surveillance of HIV/AIDS has revealed a steady and consistent increase in the national prevalence-rising from 1.4% in 1991 to 5.8% in 2001-the 2001 data reveal that there are indeed states where the prevalence has dropped. The examples of Benue and Kaduna states bear mentioning in this regard.This document, HIV/AIDS: What It Means for Nigeria, however, goes further to highlight the true meaning of these figures for various sectors and the overall socio-economic fabric of the country. In addition, it highlights possible consequences if interventions are limited or nonexistent, as well as the benefits to be gained from sustaining current efforts. I therefore wish to use this opportunity to recommend this manual for all those interested in HIV/AIDS in Nigeria and particularly to commend the Federal Ministry of Health, its technical partners within the POLICY Project, and all the other partners who contributed to the successful completion of this activity. I hope that these efforts will be sustained and that future editions will indeed provide more graphic details of the successes being achieved in Nigeria. The NACA is also pleased to project this as one example of true multi-sectoral collaboration.
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