First Lady of Nasarawa State appointed Special Advocate for the elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV

Abuja, 1 December 2014 — The First Lady of Nigeria’s Nasarawa State, Salamatu Tanko Al-
Makura, has accepted her appointment as a UNAIDS Special Advocate for the elimination of
Mother to Child Transmission of HIV for the next one year.
The UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, appointed Mrs. Al-Makura as a UNAIDS
Special Advocate to champion the “Mother to Mother” model programmes as part of efforts to
ensure that no child is born with HIV in Nasarawa State.
Her Certificate of Appointment is being handed over today by Bilali Camara, the UNAIDS
Country Director for Nigeria and UNAIDS Focal Point for ECOWAS, as well as Arjan de Wagt,
the Chief of HIV at UNICEF Nigeria, at a ceremony to commemorate the 2014 World AIDS Day
in Lafia town, Nasarawa State.
Nasarawa is one of the 12 States, along with the Federal Capital Territory, which have the
highest HIV prevalence in Nigeria. The State has got 8.1% HIV prevalence, the fourth highest in
Nigeria.
Last month, President Goodluck Jonathan launched the “National Operational Plan for the
Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in Nigeria 2015-2016” aimed at eliminating
new infections among children and keeping their mothers alive by 2020.The Plan focuses
support from the Federal, State and Local Government levels to accelerate the elimination of
mother to child transmission of HIV.
Quotes
“This appointment is a great boost to my passion for ensuring that no child in Nassarawa is born
with HIV as well as my desire to help keep all mothers in this State healthy and productive. I will
use the tenure of my appointment to champion the “Mentor Mothers Model” programme in the
entire State, so that we can have an accelerated elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of
HIV.” – Salamatu Tanko Al-Makura, First Lady of Nasarawara State.
“The new advocacy role that the First Lady of Nasarawa has embarked on is an opportunity to
fast-track the end of new mother to child transmissions of HIV. With similar leadership in other
States, it is possible to ensure that no child in Nigeria is born with HIV in Nigeria by 2020.” – Dr.
Bilali Camara, UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria and UNAIDS Focal Point for
ECOWAS.
About UNAIDS:
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achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related
deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP,
UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely
with global and national partners to maximize results for the AIDS response.
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