Abuja, 25 May 2015 — Journalists that cover health issues and representatives of people living with HIV/AIDS will come together in Abuja, Nigeria, on 26 May 2015 to take part in a sensitisation workshop on the ambitious UNAIDS treatment target – the 90-90-90 – and share ideas on how best it can be achieved by 2020.
The workshop organised by UNAIDS and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) is meant to sensitise participants on the target which aims at fast tracking the HIV response. The target will ensure that, by the year 2020, 90 per cent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90 per cent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy; and 90 per cent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral load suppression.
“Our intention is to ensure that the journalists at the forefront of reporting HIV/AIDS issues continue to have a meaning role in helping the public to understand, own and support the drive to achieve the 90-90-90 target by 2020. The participation of representatives of people living with HIV in this endeavour gives us an opportunity to listen to new ideas that will keep Nigeria on the path of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030,” said Dr Bilali Camara, UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria and UNAIDS Focal Point for Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS).
“When people living with HIV understand the 90-90-90 target and drive the process, it will send the message down to the communities and ensure that more Nigerians will be tested for HIV and the ones who need treatment will access it. Also, this target motivates those who are already on treatment to adhere to it so they can suppress the virus and continue to live a healthy and productive life,” said Edward Ogenyi, the National Coordinator of the Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPHWAN).
The 90-90-90 treatment target was launched at a high-level political session of the 20th International AIDS Conference held in July 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, when the UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, called for a new set of treatment targets by 2020.
This is the second workshop of its kind in Nigeria. A similar workshop involving vulnerable women and girls took place in March 2015.
NACA, UNAIDS and UNICEF will facilitate this workshop.
The Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) was established in 1998 as a non-governmental organization to serve as a collective voice of People Living with HIV in Nigeria.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to 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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