Kebbi spearheads collaborative efforts on HIV prevention

In a groundbreaking move aimed at bolstering HIV prevention and care initiatives, the Kebbi State Agency for Control of AIDS (Kebbi-SACA), in collaboration with the USAID KP-CARE2 Project, orchestrated a strategic gathering of stakeholders.

This assembly, held February 20th, 2024, at the State Establishment Hall, Gwadangaji Secretariat, unfolded from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, marking a pivotal moment in the state’s commitment to addressing HIV/AIDS and mental health concerns, particularly within key population communities.

Under the auspices of the USAID KP-CARE2 Project, spearheaded by the Society for Family Health, this milestone event drew together an array of influential voices from diverse sectors. Noteworthy participants included representatives from the Network for People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPHWAN), Key Population-Led Community-Based Organisations, various state ministries, law enforcement agencies, religious bodies, and key partners such as the USAID ACE 3 Project and the USAID ICHSSA 4 Project.

The focal point of the gathering was to foster robust dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders, with the overarching goal of creating a conducive environment for HIV intervention tailored to the needs of key populations.

The significance of this endeavor was underscored by the attendance of the Commissioner of Health, Honorable Yunusa Musa Ismail, whose presence highlighted the state government’s unwavering commitment to combating HIV/AIDS.

During the proceedings, impassioned discussions centered on acknowledging the heightened vulnerability of key population individuals to HIV/AIDS and mental health issues. Deliberations also delved into addressing barriers to accessing essential healthcare services, advocating for preventive measures, and promoting empowerment and agency among key population individuals.