NACA Convenes Meeting to Address Challenges and Strengthen HIV Programs for Key Populations in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria – June 27, 2024

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) recently hosted a consultative meeting with Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to discuss the vital issue of HIV interventions for Key Populations (KPs) in Nigeria.

The meeting centered around several key areas:

  • Learning from South Africa: Sharing knowledge gained by the Nigeria SSLN Champions during their visit to South Africa. This knowledge exchange focused on strategies to address structural barriers that hinder effective KP programs.
  • Strengthening Partnerships: Underscoring the importance of collaboration between Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for improved HIV interventions tailored to KPs.
  • Addressing Recent Challenges: Discussing the concerning rise in issues faced by KPs in Nigeria. Open dialogue on these challenges is crucial for developing effective solutions.
  • Reducing Access Barriers: Identifying and dismantling obstacles that prevent KPs from accessing essential healthcare services.
  • Reaffirming and Strengthening KP Programs: Renewing the commitment to robust and effective HIV programs specifically designed to serve the needs of KPs in Nigeria.

This consultative meeting signifies NACA’s dedication to fostering collaboration and seeking innovative approaches to address the unique challenges faced by KPs. By working together, MDAs, LEAs, CSOs, and NACA can create a more supportive environment and ensure equitable access to vital HIV prevention, treatment, and care services for all key populations in Nigeria.