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NIGERIA: US millions pledged for AIDS fight

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JOHANNESBURG, 19 January (PLUSNEWS) - US First Lady Laura Bush has announced a pledge of $163 million to help tackle HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.

The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released nearly $71 million to Nigeria for the prevention and treatment of AIDS in 2004, which increased to $110 million in 2005.

According to official figures AIDS claims the lives of an estimated 310,000 people each year and the country has been one of the largest recipients of PEPFAR funding.

Associated Press quoted the First Lady as saying, "We are all hopeful that one day an entire generation will be born free of HIV."



Recent NIGERIA Reports
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Global Fund grant threatened,  6/Dec/05
A lethal dose of shame,  18/Oct/05
HIV testing campaign draws poor response,  13/Oct/05
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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