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290,000 women, children get AIDS therapy

By John Ighodaro

CALABAR—No fewer than 290,000 women and children have benefited from the distribution of anti-retro viral therapy by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, in Nigeria.

Overall, more than 2.2 million people, including 355,000 orphans across the country, benefited.

Disclosing this in Calabar, Cross River State, was the State Coordinator, American Corner in the state, Mrs. Ann Mesembe, on the occasion marking this year’s International Women’s Day.

According to her, the US government has provided nearly $1.5 billion in HIV/AIDS funding for Nigeria since 2004.

She also disclosed that mother-to-child treatment services had been provided in more than 1.5 million pregnancies by the American Corner.

Mesembe disclosed further that more than 39 million people had been  treated by PEPFAR’s community outreach programmes, which includes promoting abstinence among others, adding that more than 4.5 million people had also benefitted from HIV counselling and testing services in the country.


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