Nigeria Wakes Up to its AIDS Threat

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LAGOS - The Nigerian government has taken bold steps to reduce HIV transmission from mothers to children in a country where 3.4 million out a of 173 million people are living with HIV.
Among these, 430,000 are children under 14, according to a recent report of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

PMTCT coverage went up to by 27 percent in 2013, a significant increase from 19 percent in 2012, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.

The annual number of new child infections went down from 60,000 in 2012 to 51,000 in 2013.

But, with two in three pregnant women shunning antenatal care, the challenge will be reaching them through improvement of services and outreach. (END//2014)

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