Turning the Tide – AIDS in Nigeria: Book Launch

Turning the Tide – AIDS in Nigeria: Book Launch

It has been over 30 years since the onset of the global AIDS epidemic and advances in biomedical research have led to the discovery of effective medicines which for many transformed AIDS from a death sentence to a chronic treatable condition. Yet, the greatest burden of disease remains in parts of the world that struggle to provide drugs for the millions of AIDS patients still in need. Nigeria, the most populous nation on the African continent, continues to bear one of the highest burdens of AIDS, while providing for over one million patients. Launched in 2003, US President George W. Bush started the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the largest effort by any nation to combat a single disease. He envisioned that the program would “…turn the tide against AIDS in the most afflicted nations of Africa and the Caribbean.”

Turning the Tide: AIDS in Nigeria documents the tremendous progress of the country in preventing HIV infection, treating those in need and developing a responsive healthcare system. Written by dozens of the country’s leading HIV experts, this book describes the multi-sectoral response to the epidemic with implications for future policies with global relevance. The human side of the epidemic is also described to acknowledge the challenges to AIDS patients in Nigeria, and the dedication of the health care providers and their efforts to reduce stigma, provide care and give hope to the many.

The editors are Phyllis Kanki, Prosper Okonkwo and Oluwole Odutolu, names well known in the HIV and AIDS response sector. They have worked tirelessly and proactively for the good of Nigeria and Nigerians and can easily be referred to as friends of Nigeria.

The more than 532 page book is divided into 4 sections. It contains 26 chapters and 2 essays.  The book will be launched on the 11th of April, 2019 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. For excerpt about the book, please see link: http://www.newacademia.com/uploads/catalogerfiles/turning-the-tide-aids-in-nigeria-2/Excerpt.pdf

Many consider the book as a significant contribution to documenting the history of the AIDS Response in Nigeria

Mr Isaac Abah noted that the book will be leaving wonderful footprints in the sands of time

Oladapo Shittu considers it timely as it comes only one week after the release of the NAIIS survey result – the largest AIDS survey in the world – which showed a significant reduction in the prevalence and incidence of HIV. The national HIV prevalence is now 1.5% for 15 to 64 year olds after an all time high of 5.8%. In his words – only last week Nigerians woke up to the gladdening news of the reduction in HIV prevalence in Nigeria to which APIN played a key role. Now this is a revelation of how ‘the tide was turned’ against the disease.

Turning the Tide is the second book by APIN documenting the history of the HIV response in Nigeria. Their first book was titled: AIDS in Nigeria: A Nation on the Threshold. A 578 page book published in 2006. The book is accessible at: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674018686