LSACA, BCMHF organize AIDS walk in LagosThe need to combat the scourge of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria is of utmost importance. According to the National Action Committee on AIDS, NACA, Nigeria currently has over 2.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS. Each day people die of AIDS related illness owning to lack of proper information about HIV/AIDS. In the long run, this will affect us as a nation if nothing is done to curb it.
Dr. Yewande Adeshina,representative of the Lagos state governor delivering the governor’ address after the walk
It was in the light of these that Biire Child and Maternal Health Foundation in collaboration with the Lagos State Agency for the Control of AIDS (LSACA)and other stakeholders organized the maiden edition of the Lagos AIDS walk, a 10 km walk to raise awareness about existing laws against discrimination and stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS; advocate for more political will and corporate support towards HIV prevention, treatment, care and support; raise funds towards providing support for AIDS campaigns and scale up HIV/AIDS counseling and testing (HCT) services to meet up the goal of universal access.
The walk which was led by representative of the Lagos State governor, the special adviser to the Lagos State governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adeshina, accompanied by Dr. Dare Ajayi, executive director of Biire Child and Maternal Health Foundation and representatives from various organizations witnessed quite a turn-out with people from all walks of life including children, all contributing their own quota to the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Lagos AIDS walk which had the appearance of a carnival -music, skaters and participants dressed in T-shirts that read ‘You can’t get AIDS by being a friend,’ started from the Herbert Macaulay end of the Third Mainland Bridge through Cater/Adeniji Adele Bridge, which was the rest point, where some of the participants formed a red ribbon before eventually terminating the walk at Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos.
At the park, there were AIDS talk, free HIV/ counseling and testing sessions for those interested and materials on HIV/AIDS were also distributed to those present.
Participants forming a human red ribbon