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NIGERIA: Govt reaffirms AIDS commitment

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 3 May (PLUSNEWS) - Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday underscored his commitment to tackling infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

The president also stressed the importance of external assistance in his country's fight against the three diseases, saying, "Although the prevalence rate of HIV has been further reduced to a national average of 4.4 percent, much more could be done by stakeholders."

Obasanjo made the statement at a meeting in the capital, Abuja, with Richard Feachem, outgoing executive director of the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Some US$50 million in Global Fund grants was recently suspended as a result of Nigeria's failure to meet performance targets.



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Media praised for HIV/AIDS advocacy in UNGASS report,  30/May/06
· 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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