Paschal Emeka, Abuja
Nigeria is set for a high-level mission aimed to mobilize domestic resources in its efforts to eradicate Tuberculosis in the country.
State and non-state actors are now collaborating in the recent effort to see that the USD 373 million needed for the TB response in the country is actualized.
According to Mayowa Joel, Executive Secretary, Stop TB Partnership in Nigeria, only 31% of the 373 million needed for the TB response in 2020, was available for TB control activities. Of that 31%, only seven percent of domestic funds and 24% donor support were provided, leaving a 69% funding gap, a situation that will keep hampering TB control in the country.
He informed in a statement that the high-level mission on domestic resource mobilization being led by Dr. Lucica Ditiu, the Stop TB Partnership Director in Geneva will liaise with the National TB and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) and representatives from the Private Sector.
The meeting is expected to discuss the challenges against ending TB and make recommendations on how to mobilize further resources through the government, the corporate sector as well as good spirited Nigerians and organizations.