NIGERIA—The Global Fund’s Grant Cycle 7 (GC7) has allocated US$933 million to Nigeria for addressing HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria from 2024 to 2026. 

Of this, US$340.09 million is dedicated to the HIV grant, with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) getting US$10.66 million to lead the coordination of the multisectoral response.  
The insights came forth during a four-day conference aimed to help new team members learn about their positions, reflect on past triumphs, identify areas for development, and explore concrete plans for future endeavours.  
 
The GC7 grant was officially launched with a retreat for the newly constituted Project Monitoring Unit (PMU). 

In her welcome remarks, Director-General of NACA, Dr. Temitope Ilori, highlighted the significant accomplishments of the GC6 grant.  

Dr. Ilori mentioned that these accomplishments include training healthcare personnel, equipping laboratories, and meaningfully engaging communities.  

She urged participants to build on these successes in tackling HIV challenges. 

While emphasizing the need to celebrate these remarkable achievements, Dr. Ilori noted that the team must challenge themselves to improve upon their past efforts by being efficient and intentional in sustainably addressing the public health challenges of HIV through the use of reliable data for effective decision-making. 

Several notable activities under the GC7 include the scale-up of HIV and TB Gender and Human Rights interventions both at the national and sub-national levels, development of 36+1 states’ strategic plans leveraging the HIV National Strategic Plan 2023-2027, and the implementation of medically assisted treatment among persons who inject drugs using methadone or buprenorphine. 

Additionally, efforts will be made to improve HIV coordination at the sub-national levels through direct support to State Agencies for the Control of AIDS (SACAs), and the HIV Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance Survey (IBBSS) 2024 will be conducted. 

Dr. Ilori also revealed that her vision for the HIV response under her leadership is to foster a domestically driven HIV response that ends AIDS and its associated conditions as a public health threat in an effective, efficient, and sustainable manner.  

She urged everyone to join the journey toward this shared goal of greatness, which involves ensuring the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in collaboration with the National HIV, Hepatitis, and STI Control Programme (NASCP).  

According to her, this will contribute meaningfully to the sector-wide approach of the Ministry of Health and further strengthen the health response to become more resilient and sustainable. 

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