The South-South Govs are Supportive of HIV response – NACA South-South Director

The South-South Govs are Supportive of HIV response – NACA South-South Director

December 03
13:38 2020

Rev. Uduak Daniel is a Director in NACA, the Federal Government agency in charge of HIV/AIDS response in Nigeria. She oversees the agency’s activities in the South-South region of Nigeria. We recently spoke with her about her engagements in the region, WAD, and sundry matters.

Q. Tell us about your role as the head of NACA in the South-South region of Nigeria.
A. I work to facilitate an enabling environment for evidence generation that informs policy and programming at all levels of the sub-national (zonal) response covering Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Rivers states. I provide direction on compliance and conformance of all programmes to national, standardised approaches that address all aspects of the HIV cascade.

Q. How would you assess your successes.
A. All our plans have been actualized. We are also now providing technical assistance to other zonal offices and MDAs. I think we have done well.

Q. What challenges are you encountering.
A. Funding. Everything we need to have a good working environment falls under funding, I guess.

Q. Are the states cooperating enough with your agency.
A. All six SS states are cooperating. They may be slow at times due to various reasons, but they cooperate.

Q. In a few days time, the world will be marking World’s AIDS Day (WAD). What difference has this global day set aside made in the fight against HIV/AIDS?
A. For one, the WAD creates a platform for PLWHIV to be seen as human beings and not vectors. This keeps getting better over the years.

Q. What activities are you planning to carry out to mark the day.
A. To support the SS states with their activities and intensify advocacy.

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