From The Darkest Of Days To A New Dawn: 35 YEARS of the Nigerian Response to HIV and AIDS
29 July 2022
Chapter 1 highlights the first cases of HIV in Nigeria in the mid-1980s and goes on to tell
the story of how it became an epidemic in the 1990s and how the Nigerian people and
their government responded boldly and proactively in the early days of the epidemic, both
nationally and on the African continent.
Chapter 2 covers the years 2004 to 2015 when Nigeria’s HIV response was characterized
by reliance on the international support for HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and support
Chapter 3 brings us to the present when Nigeria has once again prioritized national
responsibility for its HIV programming and again taken a leadership role in the international
Chapter 4 introduces the COVID-19 pandemic, a critical time in the new dawn, when health
systems are x-rayed and tested, and the need for urgency and the protection of rights are
paramount. Here, lessons from the HIV response were quickly adapted to curtail the dual
Chapter 5 concludes the account of the journey so far and rounds off the story with some
parting visionary remarks by key figures in the Nigerian HIV leadership.
The Road Ahead in the Words of Key Figures in the Nigerian HIV Leadership