AIDS Funding on the Ground in Nigeria

Dr. Abdulsalim Nasidi

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With an estimated population of 128 million, Nigeria is Africa's most populous country. CIA World Factbook hide caption

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With an estimated population of 128 million, Nigeria is Africa's most populous country.

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Hundreds of millions of dollars in help for AIDS are now pouring into Nigeria and other developing countries. In Nigeria, Dr. Abdulsalim Nasidi has become the most-wanted man around, because he's the one through which all the money flows.

Nasidi is trying to build whole new health systems where none exist. Money from President Bush's AIDS plan must be spent primarily on U.S. staff and products. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, set up by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, wants communities to have more of a say in how the money is spent. NPR's Brenda Wilson reports.

By the Numbers: Nigeria's Battle against HIV/AIDS

  • Nigerian population: 128 million
  • HIV prevalence rate at the end of 2003: 5.4 percent
  • Number of people living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2003: Approximately 3.5 million (estimates vary)
  • Number of people in need of antiretroviral therapy in 2005: 600,000
  • Number of people currently on antiretroviral therapy: 20,000
  • Total amount of funds disbursed by the World Bank's Multi-Country HIV/AIDS program: $90.3 million
  • Total amount of funds disbursed by PEPFAR, President Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, in 2004: $55.5 million
  • PEPFAR's planned funding for Nigeria in 2005: $84.4 million

Sources: CIA World Factbook; WHO; UNAIDS; USAID; Nigeria's Ministry of Health; U.S. State Department

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