With the global economic meltdown likely to affect AIDS funding by donor countries and agencies, the Federal Government is beginning to look inwards in search of alternatives.
Already, the country has primed the fifth National Conference on HIV/AIDS to discuss ways of increasing its internal funding from a paltry seven per cent to 80 per cent, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The Chairman of the organising committee of the conference, Dr. Oni Idigbe, told journalists in Abuja on Wednesday that the global economic crisis had compelled resource-poor countries to brace to the emerging challenges of funding.
Idigbe noted that some of the donors were already beginning to “cap” their support, while others were even reducing theirs.
“We want to take ownership of our response in the assumption that donors could decide to cap off.”
International organisations and institutions, non-governmental organisations, pharmaceutical companies and scientists, among others, are expected to attend the conference, slated to hold in Abuja between May 2 and May 5.