Impact, Challenges and Long-term Implications of Antiretroviral Therapy Programme in Nigeria
May 17 2011 at 14:11
Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON), August 2007
Nigeria with a population of 140 million people and about 300 different ethnic groups is the most populous country in Africa and accounts for 20 percent of the African continent (1 in every 5 African being a Nigerian). The 36 States of Nigeria and Federal Capital Territory are divided into 6 geo-political zones – North West, North East, North Central, South East, South South and South West. HIV
prevalence in Nigeria has risen rapidly from the first case of AIDS in 1986 to 1.8 percent in 1991 4.5 percent in 1995; 5.8 percent in 2001, to 5.0 percent in 2003 and 4.4 percent in 2005. Although HIV prevalence is much lower in Nigeria compared to many African countries such as South Africa and Zambia but because of the large population of Nigeria the prevalence of 4.4 percent is a considerable burden.
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People Living With HIV or AIDS, Nigeria, Antiretroviral Therapy, Treatment,
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