The Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) yesterday said it was important to put communities and networks at the centre of response in order to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.
The national coordinator of the organisation, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said this during a press briefing and candlelight memorial in commemoration of this year’s World AIDS Day.
He said doing so required a tailored and differentiated service delivery models to meet the different needs of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV).
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He said, “Having community-based organisations plan, design, implement, monitor and evaluate programmes allow for full ownership. Having communities and networks deliver services also allows for implementation of rights-based and gender-sensitive programmes from the perspective of learned experiences.
He said there was the need to eliminate societal and structural barriers that drive the HIV epidemic, adding that there is also the need to focus on the right population and geographic areas with the greatest unmet needs for HIV prevention and treatment.