Rivers - The Association of African Universities (AAU) said on Wednesday that it had commenced discussion with the University of Port Harcourt (Uniport) toward re-enforcing the fight against HIV and AIDS in the West African sub-region.
Dr Daniel Kubuafor, the association’s Project Officer, stated this in Port Harcourt during a familiarisation tour of facilities in the university.
Kubuafor said the association also intended to open its West African operational headquarters in Uniport.
The project officer said that AAU intended to provide capacity building for participating universities.
He said it would, in addition, assist institutions to streamline their HIV and AIDS programmes in their curriculum.
Kubuafor said AAU had also been engaged in self-evaluation studies, production of HIVand AIDS online modules and documentation of such studies for proper planning and programme implementation.
Kubuafor said AAU covered about 300 universities in Africa and had been informing students of the dangers associated with pre-marital sexual intercourse.
“We are here (Uniport) to ensure that students who are free from HIV remain so, while students with the dreaded disease live a positive life,'' he said.
He said the association would continue in its drive to minimise the impact of the pandemic in the sub-region.
Earlier, Prof. Joseph Ajienka, Vice Chancellor of the university, said it was important for Nigerian universities to devise anti HIV and AIDS campaign programmes to fight the spread of the scourge.
Ajienka said the university would empower relevant officials of the university to function more effectively toward ridding the university campus and neighbouring communities of the pandemic.
The VC said that the ongoing enlightenment and sensitisation campaigns would be sustained to fight the scourge.