LAGOS – The Global Fund, on Thursday, said Nigeria was among countries that would benefit from the fund’s grant for antiretroviral treatment for HIV.
This is contained in a statement signed by Ms Marcela Rojom, the Communications Officer of the organisation, and made available to newsmen in Lagos.
Rojom said in the statement that 6.6 million people would get the antiretroviral treatment for HIV in 2015.
She added that “this year, Global Fund is in a transition on how to assess impact that better reflects the collective contribution toward goals and targets.
“Through programmes supported by Global Fund grants, 6.6 million people are getting antiretroviral treatment for HIV with particular strong gains in Nigeria, Mozambique, India and Uganda this year.
“The 6.6 million people on antiretroviral therapy is an increase of eight per cent, up from 6.1 million at the end of 2013.’’
Rojom said that by aligning grants with national strategies and plans for improved health, the organisation’s partners could move toward ending the scourge.
The communications officer added that counselling and testing sessions for HIV had increased by 17 per cent over the past years.
“Over the past years, the number of orphans and vulnerable children that received basic care and support for HIV in programmes supported by Global Fund increased from 6.5 million to 7.1 million, a 9 per cent jump.
“With full implementation of a new funding model in 2014, partners in global health are striving to increase overall impact by reaching more people affected by HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.
“In this process, Global Fund is working with partners and experts to arrive at an improved methodology to measure health impact of HIV, TB and malaria programmes.’’
Global Fund is a 21st century organisation designed to accelerate the end of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. (NAN)