Naija News understands that Aisha Buhari on Thursday emerged as the Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and the Promotion of Treatment for Children Living with HIV in Nigeria.
A delegation of the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) led by it’s Executive Director, Mr Michiel Sidibe, presented the certificate of the appointment to Aisha Buhari in the state house in Abuja.
While assuring the delegation of her commitment to continuing the advocacy against the spread of the scourge among women and children in Nigeria, Aisha Buhari urged women in Nigeria to conduct regular HIV and AIDS tests.
She urged mothers to guard against Mother-to-Child transmission of the disease.
Aisha Buhari said the measure would ensure treatment of women living with the disease to have babies free of HIV and AIDS.
While speaking further as an ambassador of UNAIDS, she also encouraged government and relevant stakeholders to commit more resources to stem the epidemic among future generation of Nigerians.
“ Together, we can stop children from being born with HIV in Nigeria by the year 2020,” she said.
On his part, the Executive Director, UNAIDS, Sidibe, in his response, expressed gratitude to the wife of the President for her commitment to eradicating Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV in Nigeria.
In his words Sidibe said; “ Your Excellency, this appointment is not only to help the UNAIDS in advocacy, but to assist in scaling up the campaign against mother to child transmission of HIV as well as the Promotion of Treatment for Children Living with HIV in Nigeria,’’ he said.