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Thursday, May 23, 2024

NACA to Host HIV Prevention Conference in Nigeria

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The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) is preparing to host an inaugural HIV Prevention Conference in Nigeria.

This was contained in a statement issued on Friday and signed by the agency’s public relations officer, Toyin Aderibige.

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The conference, which is themed, “Accelerating HIV Prevention to End AIDS through Innovations and Community Engagement,” aims to open a dialogue on optimising innovative HIV prevention approaches towards achieving HIV epidemic control.

The event will be held between 7 and 9 May in Abuja, Nigeria, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The statement noted that the event will showcase a diverse array of sessions, including dedicated tracks on youth empowerment under the theme: “Adolescents and Young People (AYP) as Change Agents”.

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It added that community engagement sessions, leadership discussions, plenary sessions, sponsored sessions, and special sessions will also be featured.

According to the statement, the agency’s Director General, Temitope Ilori, said the objective is to strategise for increased domestic funding towards community ownership and sustainability of HIV prevention programmes.

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She said the conference will adopt a hybrid format, allowing physical and virtual participation.

“The first ever HIV prevention conference will serve as a pivotal platform for everyone to unite in their efforts and effect tangible advancements towards ending the HIV epidemic in Nigeria,” she said.

She indicated that participants will discuss various approaches and engagement strategies to control the emphasizing the role of young citizens.”

“We eagerly anticipate the attendance of policymakers, representatives from international organizations, academia, state delegates, NGOs, development partners, media professionals, and other stakeholders involved in the national response,” she noted.

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