The National Agency for the Control of AIDS , in conjunction with the United Nations , European Union , and the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs , has unveiled the ‘Risk Communication and Community Engagement project . ’
The project , which is championed via the UN Basket Fund support to the National COVID – 19 Multi – Sectoral Pandemic Response , is set up to identify preventive measures that will curb the spread of the global pandemic in the country .
The project will also help to mitigate the negative impact of COVID – 19 on vulnerable household and women living with HIV /AIDS in Nigeria.
According to a Press statement signed by NACA ’s spokesperson Toyin Aderibigbe, the Director General of NACA , Dr . Gambo Aliyu , at the joint official press briefing to inaugurate the project , said the pandemic had impacted all aspects of human life , including social , economic , religious and psychological well being , noting further that it has devastating effects on other comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes , cardiovascular diseases and HIV /AIDS .
Aliyu explained that with the effects of COVID – 19 , Nigeria has identified preventive interventions to limit the spread of the virus by involving the community in the fight against the spread of the virus through improving risk communication , social mobilization and community engagement .
He noted that the pandemic had had its toll on the world’ s economy and that , here in Nigeria, the situation has hugely disrupted economic activities , causing loss of jobs among citizens most especially the vulnerable community in Nigeria.
The preventive interventions seeks to protect the most vulnerable women , including those living with HIV / AIDS , from the effects of COVID – 19 such as loss of income due to loss of jobs and livelihood , increasing gender – based violence , and insecurity , among others.