Uyo – On behalf of the U.S government, Amb. Mary Beth Leonard today accepted a donation of HIV rapid test kits from Belemaoil, a leading Nigerian Oil and gas industry, to support activities by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to eradicate HIV and AIDS in Akwa Ibom state.
The hand over took place in a ceremony between Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, who is leading the U.S. delegation on a tour of the U.S. government activities in Akwa Ibom state, President and Founder of Belemaoil Nig. Ltd. Trim Jack, the secretary to the State Government Dr. Emmanuel E. Ekuwem, USAID Nigeria Mission Director, Dr. Anne Patterson and the State Commissioner of Health Prof. Augustine Vincent Umoh.
The donation brings together the U.S. strategy under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) implemented by USAID, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Defense and the oil giant Belemaoil through it’s corporate social responsibility program to deepen private sector involvement in Nigeria’s health sector to strengthen healthcare and achieve HIV epidemic control in the Akwa Ibom state.
“We celebrate the incredible strides made in Akwa Ibom state over the last two years to control HIV,” Ambassador Leonard said.
“We are committed to continue this partnership to help ensure that residents of Akwa Ibom who need these services can access them without barriers. We also encourage other private sector partners to support the national HIV response.” She added