Can Nigeria End Its AIDS Pandemic? The Design of Knowledge-Based Prevention Strategies
The Research Alliance to Combat HIV/AIDS (REACH) is holding its dissemination event to discuss research findings and HIV/AIDS prevention in Nigeria.
In Ghana last July, President Barack Obama pledged greater financial support for the fight against HIV and AIDS and improving public health systems in Africa. The U.S. has already contributed billions for the provision of anti-retroviral drugs under the PEPFAR program started by former President George W. Bush. After South Africa, Nigeria has the second largest number of people living with AIDS in the world. With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Northwestern University and Nigeria's University of Ibadan began in 2006 a collaborative research program on HIV prevention. The Research Alliance to Combat HIV/AIDS (REACH) has involved social scientists in pioneering community-based research and seeks to understand the attitudes and behaviors relevant to HIV and AIDS prevention in four Nigerian states. It also studied impediments to voluntary counseling and testing for HIV. In association with Nigeria’s National Agency for the Control of AIDS, REACH will advance strategies to reduce infection rates such as the scaling up of HIV testing. Join Northwestern University and the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies for a presentation of the REACH report's main findings and policy recommendations.