As part of activities to mark the 2018 World AIDS Day, pay-TV company, StarTimes have called for more support to be given to Nigerians living with the virus across the country.
This was communicated during on the sidelines of the 2018 World AIDS Day commemoration event held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja as it joined other stakeholders in the fight to increase awareness and fight against HIV/AIDS in a bid to eradicate the virus completely from Nigeria and Africa at large.
According to Justin Zhang, the CEO, StarTimes Nigeria, “StarTimes is committed to the complete eradication of HIV and AIDS in Nigeria using its media footprint across the country and its’ ability to reach millions of Nigerians even in villages where aid workers are not able to access” He added that “the company would assist in the area of broadcasting informative content and engaging youths via entertaining mobile engagements that educate”
Also speaking, Abdul Dangirma, the National Secretary, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) commended the Federal Government for its effort to treatment and prevention of spread of the virus while calling for more to be done in the area of user-fee charged to beneficiaries of antiretroviral drugs.
In May 2017, UNAIDS and StarTimes signed a memorandum of cooperation in Beijing to officials a cooperation to reduce the impact of HIV across Africa by disseminating messages to the general public to increase awareness of HIV and UNAIDS’ work and to reduce the stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV.