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SAN RAMON, Calif. -- Chevron Corp. partnered with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), as part of its $30 million commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. NACA will receive a total of $5 million over the next three years, to help fight HIV/AIDS as part of a Round Five grant from the Global Fund, according to a report by Thisday Online.
According to a recent UNAIDS report in 2007, approximately 170,000 people in Nigeria died from AIDS. And over the past 16 years, the disease reduced the national life expectancy for women by eight years and men by six years, the report stated.
"The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to threaten the health and economic prosperity of our country," said Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, former director general of NACA and now Nigeria’s Minister of Health. "This year, we plan to significantly scale up the national response through strategic partnerships -- particularly with the private sector, in our fight against this epidemic."
Through the Global Fund Round Five HIV/AIDS grant to Nigeria, NACA established 111 service delivery points that provide AIDS treatment. With the additional delivery points, NACA had been able to provide treatment to more than 50,000 people, while more than 6,000 pregnant women received treatment for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, according to Thisday Online.