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Nigeria gets $660m to fight HIV, TB, Malaria

L-R, Executive Director Global Fund, Mr. Peter Sands, with VP Yemi Osinbajo and Health Minister, Professor Adewole

The Global Fund, an international financing organisation, has announced an additional humanitarian grant of $660 million  to tackle HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria epidemic in Nigeria.

Its Executive Director, Mr Peter Sands, announced this at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.

Sands said the grant would be made available in tranches for three years.

“Nigeria has remained a country in which Global Fund had invested tremendously in the past because of its highest burden of Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS. We have invested about $2.6 billion to tackle these epidemics and we intend to do more.

The Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr Sani Aliyu, said the country would have continued to struggle to deliver quality healthcare services without the support of Global Fund.

“Presently and with the support of grants such as this, we have about 1.1 million people on treatment.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, assured the organisation of judicious use of the grant.

We look forward to another visit where we will showcase positive results from your investment,’’ he said.

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