From the Global Fund: A boost to Nigeria's HIV, TB fight

An image of an HIV-infected cell. Nigeria will receive $265 million for HIV-related initiatives. Photo by: AJ Cann / CC BY-SA

Nigeria has just secured $335 million in grants to fight two diseases that continue to plague the African country.

On Thursday (Dec. 14), the country signed five grant agreements with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Part of the money will be used to provide for antiretroviral therapy treatment and prevention services, particularly on mother-to-child HIV transmission.

Onyebuchi Chukwu, Nigerian minister for health, said the grant signing is “another giant step” in Nigeria’s fight against the two diseases.

Of the total amount, $265 million will go toward HIV-related initiatives. Target populations include female sex workers, men who engage in sexual activities with men and injecting drug users. Incidence of HIV infections in Nigeria is high among these groups, with female sex workers accounting for 20 percent of infections.

Grants for tuberculosis amounting to $70 million  aim to create more awareness of TB and TB-HIV co-infections in the country. It will also be used to boost people’s access to effective treatment services. These could help Nigeria further lower TB prevalence and mortality in the country. Nigeria has one of the lowest TB case detection rates around the world, according to the Global Fund.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.