Since 2017, the Global Fund has invested about NGN1.3 billion supporting HIV programs in Ebonyi State. Last week a seven-man delegation from the Global Fund Mission led by Siobhan Crowley, Head of HIV/AIDS, accompanied by the project technical team from FHI 360 led by Ms. Christiana Laniyan, embarked on a three-day visit to Ebonyi State interact with the leadership of the State Ministry of Health and to access Global Fund investments in the state.
The visit kicked off with an Advocacy Dinner, hosted by the Ebonyi State Governor, His Excellency RTD. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, to celebrate the Global Fund’s supports through FHI 360 implemented Global Fund Nationally Aligned HIV/AIDS Initiative (NAHI) partnering with ECEWS and the state actors. In his keynote address at the dinner, Governor Nwifuru acknowledged Global Fund’s enormous contribution to the economic and health development in the state. He reiterated that his administration will continually provide the enabling environment for Global Fund investments to thrive, while ensuring optimal use of every penny invested for the benefits and wellbeing of the citizens. On the heels of this commitment, he disclosed his administration’s working to ensure the speedy passage of HIV Anti-Stigma Bill into the law, with a view to protecting human rights violations and promoting nondiscriminatory practices against the citizens living with HIV and AIDS.