Lagos - A women and children’s rights advocate has urged the government to deem HIV/AIDS a critical women’s health issue in the country.
Toyin Saraki, who is the Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) gave the recommendation during a meeting with Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibe.
Saraki said it was imperative to deem HIV/AIDS a decisive women’s health issue as an estimated 50 percent of people living with HIV in Nigeria were women aged 15 and above.
She outlined some measures her organisation had initiated to empower people affected by the problem.
WBFA refined its nterventions to deliver successful solutions to people living with the virus, such as its client-held Personal Health Records, which could help in the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (eMTCT) of HIV.
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To empower people living with HIV/AIDS and curb the spread of the disease, the foundation established the Alaafia Universal Health Coverage Fund
(AUHCF) in partnership with Hygeia Community Health Care - a local health insurance provider - and the PharmAccess Foundation, to fund the insurance premiums of 5 000 people each year.
Beneficiaries including pregnant women, children under five, adolescent girls, people living with HIV/AIDS and the elderly.
She expressed pleasure at some breakthroughs such as the pronouncement Kwara as the only state in the north-central zone of Nigeria with the lowest number of HIV/AIDS cases, and one of the lowest in the country.
“...evidence indeed that our intervention approach that integrates improving social determinants within a continuum of care package, by capacitating the patient as an informed partner, is exceptionally effective.”
- CAJ News