The wife of the President, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday in Abuja, unveiled a campaign against HIV, tagged: “Free To Shine.”
The Free To Shine Campaign, which is working to end childhood AIDS and keep mothers healthy, was initially launched at the 20th ordinary session of the general assembly of the African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), which took place at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme “Transforming Africa Through Prioritising Children, Adolescents And Mothers In The Fight Against HIV.”
Speaking at the launch of the campaign in Abuja, the First Lady said the objective was to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Syphilis in Africa with an aim to end childhood AIDs in Africa by 2030, while keeping mothers healthy.
She noted that the campaign also aimed to unite people and organisations at local levels to contribute to ending childhood AIDS.
According to her, “It also becomes compulsory for all the First Ladies to launch the campaign in their respective countries and in Nigeria, being the second largest HIV epidemic country, it is very important for us to launch the Free To Shine Campaign. It is also of note that many people living with HIV in Nigeria are unaware of their status,” she added.
On his part, the director general, National Agency For The Control Of AIDS (NACA) said the Free To Shine Campaign is a reinforcement of the political commitment to control HIV/AIDS epidemic.
According to him, “Nigeria’s HIV indices have continued to improve over the last five years but we have not moved fast and far. This campaign presents a unique opportunity for all of us to bolster our efforts, keeping all mothers healthy,” he concluded.