Lagos- Many people locally are still excluded from treatment despite the fight against HIV/AIDS being hailed as one of the most successful public health projects in human history.
This according to the international medical rights group, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which on Monday launched a series of films to correct sentiment presenting progress as all-pervasive and the fight against HIV/AIDS as almost won.
“In several countries where MSF works — such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea, Central African Republic, Nigeria, South Sudan and Myanmar — timely treatment remains out of reach for the majority of people who urgently need it. This is despite the fact that these countries are considered to have low HIV prevalence levels,” MSF stated.
The MSF statement comes a week before a pivotal pledging meeting for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria hosted in the United States.
MSF expressed concern that if donors failed to meet the Fund’s minimum US$15 billion replenishment target, some HIV/AIDS endemic countries might be left behind, crippling the momentum built over the last 12 years.
According to MSF, HIV/AIDS is still the leading killer of young women of child-bearing globally.
Three out of four pregnant women with HIV, all of them in developing countries, are said not to be receiving treatment.
According to the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency more than 300 000 Nigerians die annually from complications arising from HIV/AIDS, while no fewer than 1.5 million children are orphaned yearly.
– CAJ News