NiBUCAA marks World AIDS Day with awareness campaign
The Nigerian Business Coalition Against AIDS (NiBUCAA) yesterday commemorated the 2023 World AIDS with a nationwide awareness campaign and HIV testing & counselling services in underserved communities in Nigeria.
The World AIDS Day is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS globally.
In line with the theme for this year, “Let Communities Lead’’ NiBUCAA, in collaboration with the Nigeria Youth Network on HIV/AIDS (NYNETHA), conducted free HIV testing and counselling service and reached 1000 beneficiaries in select states across Nigeria.
As part of the organisation’s commitment to advocacy, it also partnered with the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA), for a novelty football match with diverse communities and notable personalities, including government officials and community leaders taking part
The match served as a platform to encourage open conversations about the virus and promote the theme of community-driven efforts to end the epidemic.
Speaking on the success of these interventions, NiBUCAA Managing Director and CEO, Dr Jekwu Ozoemene, expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts that made the events possible. “Our commitment to the World AIDS Day 2023 theme is a testament to our belief in the power of communities to effect positive change. Through these initiatives, we strive to contribute to the global goal of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
NiBUCAA remains steadfast in its dedication to raising awareness, promoting testing, and supporting communities in the fight against HIV/AIDS. As we mark World AIDS Day 2023, we call on individuals, businesses, and communities to join us in this crucial endeavour.
Speaking further on their activities of the organisation, Ozemene said:
“NiBUCAA implemented a series of initiatives aimed at making a positive impact on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.
“We also launched our #TogetherAgainst HIV campaign across all social media platforms, encouraging individuals to stand united in the mission to end AIDS. We also extended our outreach by embarking on a media tour in high HIV prevalent states to educate millions of Nigerians on the importance of regular testing to know their HIV status, and an awareness rally across NYSC camps to reach adolescent and young persons with HIV information.”