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Improving HIV/AIDS Awareness in Nigeria

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By Nicole

Females account for more than half of the people living with HIV globally.

Women and girls now account for more than half of all HIV patients worldwide, and one in every five new HIV infections occurs among adolescent girls and young women due to vulnerabilities created by cultural and socioeconomic barriers. According to a Statistics analysis, 1.9 million people in Nigeria would be living with HIV in 2021, with women being the most afflicted demographic, accounting for 1.1 thousand persons. This is despite the fact that Professor Morenike Ukpong has spent the last 21 years advocating for those living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.

Morenike is a prominent representitive for the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) consultant and Obafemi Awolowo University researcher whose work has influenced numerous HIV and research bioethics. She has taken part in a number of agenda-setting activities related to HIV/AIDS policy formation, design, implementation, analysis, and reporting at the national, regional, and international levels. She has given 118 conference presentations, many of which addressed the needs of essential and vulnerable communities. She was named the 19th best academic researcher in Nigeria in 2018 and the 11th best published academic researcher in Nigeria in 2019.

A lot has been done to build local capacity for people.

Her research, conducted in collaboration with a non-governmental organization, highlighted the psychological, sexual, and reproductive health needs of adolescents living with HIV, and resulted in the development of Nigeria’s first national HIV policy addressing programmatic HIV needs for adolescents in 2014. Morenike has worked in the fields of HIV/AIDS research, capacity building, and activism in Nigeria, Africa, and globally. This includes efforts to build local and international capacity to address community involvement in HIV prevention research, such as my previous work as the Community Liaison for the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) and her current role with the Nigeria Canada AIDS Vaccine (NICCAV) Research Project in Nigeria and the national feasibility study on the use of PrEP as part of the combination prevention tool for serodiscordant couples in Nigeria.

Locally, she has spent a significant amount of time developing local capacity for CSOs, communities, academics, and Health Research Ethics Committees to engage in HIV prevention research through the design and execution of bioethics and research literacy trainings. Her community work puts her in direct contact with Key Affected Populations. This includes her 12 years of research literacy work with the Coordination of Programs for the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society, as well as her participation as the lead consultant for MARPs during the 2013 evaluation of global fund-supported interventions to HIV & AIDS response in Nigeria.

She serves as member of the National HIV Prevention.

In addition, the researcher has worked on various monitoring and evaluation projects both within and outside of Nigeria. This includes the 2010 impact evaluation of the African Regional capacity building Network for HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, and care project (ARCAN) in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia; the 2013 midterm review of the World Bank HIV project in Nigeria; the 2013 midterm report of national achievement on the UNAIDS ten target; and the development of the 2017-2021 National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan and the 2018-2020 National HIV Prevention Plan. Morenike has been a member of various agenda-setting activities connected to biomedical HIV prevention technology research and ethics problems on a global scale, including serving as a temporary adviser to the WHO and UNAIDS Headquarters in Geneva on multiple occasions.

As a participant in the yearly Microbicide Conference, the AIDS2031 Science and Technology Working Group, and the African AIDS Vaccine Program forum. She now serves on the National HIV Prevention Technical Working Group, the National HIV Research Reference Group, the National Biomedical HIV Prevention Working Group, and the National Global Fund HIV Operations Research Subcommittee, among other organizations. On some of these initiatives, she has worked as a consultant to national and international development organizations such as ITAD, Mitchells Group, UNICEF, Society for Family Health, NACA, Population Council, WHO, and UNAIDS. She has also worked across Africa, including Kenya, Botswana, and Malawi.

Has also been working on starting a Global Health Initiative Programme.

Morenike is a sectional editor for the BMC Oral Health, a representative of the Editorial Board for Global Bioethics, and an International Adviser for the Community Dental Health Journal. She also serves as the Managing Editor of the Nigeria Journal of Health Sciences, the official journal of the College of Health Sciences at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She is currently working on establishing a Global Health Initiative Program in order to enhance health outcomes for people worldwide. Morenike received her BChD in 1989 and her MBA in 1998 from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, as well as her membership in the West African College of Surgeons in 2001 and her MEd in 2020 from the University of Nicosia in Cyprus.


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10 months ago

Improving HIV/AIDS Awareness in NigeriaFemales account for more than half of the people living with HIV globally. – Express your point of view.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
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10 months ago

The awareness and sensitization of the HIV/AID care in Nigeria has really much and this has really cause huge reduction in the numbers of the people living with the virus across the country.But more enlightenment and sensitisation campaign should be done more so that the number of women living with it can be reduce.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
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10 months ago

Improving HIV/AIDS Awareness in Nigeria. More need to be done on the case of HIV/AIDS. So many people are living with it. It be good permanent cure

Abusi
Abusi
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10 months ago

More awareness should be made concerning this venereal disease of HIV/AIDS. People need to be informed and have knowledge about severity of the disease.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
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10 months ago

More enlightenment should be done so that the number of women living with HIV will reduce. Also, preventive measure and research should not stop as well.

Remi1
Remi1
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10 months ago

The awareness of the virus is highly essential, considering the rate of spread. The sensitization will help reduce or prevent the careless spread

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
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10 months ago

More than half of all people living with HIV are women and girls, and one out of every five new cases of HIV infection occurs in women and girls between the ages of 15 and 24.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
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10 months ago

It is really encouraging to see that she has been involved in a variety of policy creation and agenda-setting initiatives connected to HIV/AIDS.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
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10 months ago

Wow, so Morenike has participated in a variety of activities that set the agenda for biomedical HIV prevention technology research and ethical issues on a global scale.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
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10 months ago

It is quite nice that she is held in such high regard because she has presented at a large number of conferences, the majority of which were devoted to discussing the requirements of important and vulnerable populations.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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10 months ago

There is a need for more education and awareness regarding the sexually transmitted disease HIV/AIDS. The severity of the sickness must be made known to the public, and they must be informed about it.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
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10 months ago

In Nigeria, there has been a significant increase in the level of education and sensitivity surrounding HIV/AIDS care, which has led to a significant decrease in the number of people currently infected with the virus.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
10 months ago

HIV has killed many people all over the world and it will be very good if our government can work on preventive measures that will reduce the rate at which it spreads in the country.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
10 months ago

The number of women living with HIV needs to be decreased, so more education is needed. Aside from that, research and preventative measures should continue.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
Member
10 months ago

Enlighten people by creating awareness is really good and will help in preventing more people in getting the disease. People should know about it into to know how to deal with it

jdpumping
jdpumping
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10 months ago

So far Nigeria has done alot about HIV but more needs to be done concerning someone with HIV to prevent stigmatization from people around and more retroviral drugs to be available.

Bola12
Bola12
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10 months ago

HIV/AIDS knowledge and sensitization in Nigeria has greatly reduced the number of persons living with the virus. To lower the number of women with it, more education and sensitization should be done.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
10 months ago

In light of the rapidity with which it is spreading, awareness of the virus is of the utmost importance. The sensitization will assist in lowering or preventing the reckless spread of the disease.

Christiana
Christiana
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10 months ago

The rate at which HIV spreads throughout the world has claimed the lives of numerous people, thus it would be excellent if our government worked to slow its spread domestically.

theApr
theApr
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10 months ago

More education and awareness are required in relation to the HIV/AIDS sexually transmitted infection. The people must be made aware of how serious the illness is and informed of it.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
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10 months ago

Morenike has done great job in advocating for the HIV/AIDS infected individual creating more Awareness about it and it was discovered that female account for more than of the people living with HIV globally.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
10 months ago

HIV/AIDS has been down tune by the reason of the recent happening. Therefore it is imperative raise Awareness about it here in Nigeria, more especially that Females account for more than half of the people living with HIV globally. Thanks to Professor Morenike Ukpong for spending her last 21 years advocating for the people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.