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NACA to Upgrade HIV and AIDS Data Bank Nationwide

NACA to Upgrade HIV and AIDS Data Bank Nationwide

The National Agency for the Control of AIDS on Friday said it had concluded plans to upgrade its data bank to ensure proper HIV and AIDS programming and planning in the country.

Deputy Director, Strategic Knowledge Management Department of the agency, Dr. Greg Ashefor, said this at the national Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Working Group meeting in Abuja.

“We now have better reporting. We now have quality data, which now informs programming and planning.

“Now that we have increase in HIV prevalence Benue State, we can say more funding should go to Beune for HIV prevention. We can say to a state, this strategy you are using is not working very well because of the information we are getting,” he said.

Ashefor said UNAIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group recommended that each country should form a monitoring and evaluation technical group to provide technical and strategic inputs to HIV and AIDS programmes.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that he said such information would be useful for evidence-based planning and decision-making towards addressing the HIV and AIDS scourge in an effective and efficient manner.

Speaking further said, “The challenge has been first of all funding, United Nations recommends that 10 per cent of the programme money should be used for monitoring and evaluation, but in the past we used one per cent, two per cent, now there is great improvement on this.

“Then another issue is that monitoring and evaluation is not seen as a profession as such, anybody can be a monitoring and evaluation person, that is why people coming in have to go through the process of learning.”

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