STRENGHTENING THE MEANS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND ENSURING AN AIDS – FREE GENERATION BY 2030 THROUGH THE ELIMINATION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION OF HIV: A DUAL IMPERATIVE FOR NIGERIA

STATEMENT BY:
H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI
PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
AT THE
70TH UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
UNITED NATIONS HEADQUATERS, NEW YORK
ON
25TH, SEPTEMBER 2015
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I welcome you to this important event. Let me express
Nigeria’s sincere appreciation to UN-AIDS for the
support and collaboration in organizing this event.
2. We are on the threshold of history as world leaders
adopt the successor development agenda to the
Millennium Development Goals. For over 30 years, HIV
as a public health challenge has been causing havoc
and untold hardship in virtually every part of the world.
To date, several million children have been orphaned
and some communities have been devastated, while
economic activities have been disrupted.
3. Unfortunately, Sub -Saharan Africa bears a
disproportionate burden of this epidemic. The good
news is that the effort of the global community has
resulted in greater control, less spread and better
management.
4. Furthermore, we have made significant progress
towards the interception of mother to child
transmission of HIV. In 2014 alone, over 3million
pregnant women were tested for HIV and 63,000 of
these tested women, accessed anti – retroviral therapy.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
5. What is required in our continued fight against HIV/
AIDS is improved health delivery system, education,
and cheaper production of anti – retroviral drugs
through technology exchange. Our countries should
also look at the whole field of medicare and strengthen
our partnership with all stakeholders including the civil
society, inter- faith and cultural bodies for education
and dissemination of information at all levels. Nigeria
will also like to call upon all pharmaceutical companies
for more cooperation and understanding in reducing
the cost of anti – retroviral drugs through production of
generic items.
Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates.
6. Nigeria will continue to work with development
partners and key stakeholders to strengthen the means
of implementation of the SDGs as elaborated in the
Post- 2015 Development Agenda. At the continental
level, Nigeria remains fully committed to the outcome of
the Abuja process as evident in the 2002 Declaration,
the Action Framework on Roll – Back Malaria. In
addition, the 2013 Abuja + 12 Declaration is a strong
commitment towards eliminating HIV and AIDs in
Africa by 2030. Globally, the United Nations Political
Declaration on HIV and AIDS of 2011 is a major
reference point for intensifying efforts to eliminate the
epidemic.
7. Nigeria appreciates the support of our development
partners for their support and commitment to the total
eradication of HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria as
well as other deadly communicable diseases, for
example Ebola, when an epidemic arises.
8. I therefore encourage you to continue in your efforts
to sustain the fight against infant and maternal
deaths, HIV and AIDs, Tuberculosis, Malaria and other
communicable diseases, high on the global
development agenda.
9. Let us work together to make HIV and AIDs history
by 2030.
10. I thank you.

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