Stories from UNODC Nigeria

UNODC commemorates the 2022 World AIDS Day by supporting the launch of national training manuals and information, education and communication (IEC) materials.

Abuja, 1 December 2022-The World AIDS Day (WAD) is commemorated every 1 December to mourn those who have passed away due to AIDS and to continue raising awareness about the epidemic. The 2022 WAD global theme was  Equalise and the national theme  Equalise to end AIDS: Equal access to treatment and prevention services. The theme sought to draw attention to removing barriers that affect uptake of HIV services through the promotion of equal access across populations, especially vulnerable and key population groups, such as people who use drugs and people in detention and other close settings.

In line with this year's theme, UNODC partnered with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS in launching two national training manuals and information, education and communication (IEC) materials on gender-based violence, drug overdose, medication assisted treatment (MAT) as well as stigma. The  Training Manual Addressing the Specific Needs of Women Who Inject Drugs aims to building the capacity of healthcare workers and community service providers to effectively address access gaps for female injecting drug users in line with national guidelines, while the  Training Manual  for Law Enforcement Officials on HIV Service Provision for Key Populations aims to integrate a public health approach into policing in a way that enables the police and other law enforcement officials proactively engage with key populations for improved HIV outcomes. As such these knowledge products constitute important contributions in support of increased and uninterrupted access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services for people who use drugs and people in detention and other closed settings, one of the priority actions in  UNODC's Strategic Vision for Nigeria. [Read More]

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