Airtel Partners UNAIDS to tackle mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Nigeria

Director, Resource Mobilization, National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), Dr. Emmanuel Alhassan; Legal Director & Company Secretary, Airtel Nigeria, Gbenga Rotimi; Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya; Country Director, UNAIDS, Dr. Bilali Camara and Chief of Office, UNICEF, Sarah Beysolow-Nyanti during the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between UNAIDS and Airtel to eliminate Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV in Nigeria, at the Corporate Headquarters of Airtel Nigeria, yesterday, in Lagos

The
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and leading telecommunications
services provider, Airtel Nigeria, have partnered to support the National
Agency for the Control of AIDS in an initiative to ensure that no child is born with HIV in Nigeria.
The UNAIDS and Airtel partnership sealed
through a Memorandum of Understanding signed today will allow the Telco’s
subscribers to benefit from information on how and where to access prevention
of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services in Nigeria. The information
shall be disseminated through innovative and regular text messages.
In July
2011, a Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among
children and keeping their mothers alive was launched at the United Nations
General Assembly Meeting on AIDS. On its part, Nigeria unveiled a National
Operational Plan in 2014 focused on eliminating mother-to-child transmission of
HIV and accelerating the implementation of similar efforts in the country.
The UNAIDS
partnership with Airtel Nigeria bolsters the Telco’s existing partnership with the
National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), other government departments
and the Civil Society to boost Nigeria’s efforts at eliminating mother-to-child
transmission of HIV.
In 2013, Nigeria represented 22 per cent
of the global burden of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, although new
scientific evidence indicates the target to have zero new HIV infections among
children is achievable.

Legal
Director & Company Secretary, Airtel Nigeria, Gbenga Rotimi; Chief
Executive Officer & Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Segun
Ogunsanya and Country Director, UNAIDS, Dr. Bilali Camara during the
signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between UNAIDS and
Airtel to eliminate Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV in Nigeria, at
the Corporate Headquarters of Airtel Nigeria, yesterday, in Lagos

Chief Executive Officer and Managing
Director, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, said the partnership will provide
Airtel with a new opportunity to deepen its commitment to touching the lives of
Nigerians positively, especially in the area of quality healthcare services
delivery.
Quotes:
At
Airtel, we have a track record of supporting and empowering young people, who
are the future leaders of our country. We have adopted and built schools for
children; provided several interventions in the area of healthcare for hundreds
of kids while our Touching Lives programme has even offered us a more elaborate
platform to reach and connect with underprivileged children. Indeed, Airtel is
intensely interested in impacting society positively as this underscores our
corporate philosophy of becoming the most loved brand in the daily lives of
Nigerians,” Segun Ogunsanya, Chief
Executive Officer & Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria.

“NACA has worked in
strong partnership with Airtel since 2005. The partnership commencing today is a
new extension of the valued support that UNAIDS and Airtel are providing to the
HIV and AIDS response in Nigeria. Airtel’s decision to invest in keeping more
children and mothers healthy is a much welcome intervention.”
Prof.
John Idoko, Director General, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS
“Eliminating mother
to child transmission of HIV and keeping their mother alive do not only improve
the wellbeing of children and their mothers. They impact positively on the
general maternal and child survival.”
Dr.
Bilali Camara, UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria and the UNAIDS Focal Point
for the ECOWAS

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