1st December every year is a day set aside by the United Nations as World AIDS Day. On this day, the scourge of HIV on human race is remembered and the most
effective ways of fighting it are emphasized.
“The HIV epidemic claimed fewer lives in 2015 and fewer people became newly infected with HIV, the list of countries on the brink of eliminating new HIV infections among children keeps growing. A massive expansion of antiretroviral therapy has reduced the number of people dying from HIV.
Nevertheless, countries need to live up to their commitment to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. More than 18 million people access HIV treatment by mid-2016 but the world still needs to address critical gaps in prevention, testing and treatment services. A new guidance is released by the WHO urging countries to provide HIV self-testing and partner notification services in order to close the HIV testing gap”. www.who.int
Many organizations drove down the new guidance to the length and breadth of Nigeria through community sensitizations and advocacies in line with global best practices. One of such; took place at Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo. The students, who are mostly within the childbearing age, turned out in great number and participated in the activities that made up the sensitization and advocacy.
A huge number of them participated in HIV Counselling and Testing while others were involved in other interactive activities in line with the program of the day. The event was principally anchored by Centre for Clinical Care & Clinical Research Nigeria while, Society for Family Health, Sliver Spring and Buchi’s Care Blog contributed to the success of the event.
First post picture from: www.who.int