PURPOSE OF THE LAGOS AIDS WALK
The objectives of the walk are to raise awareness about HIV and the anti-discrimination bill, to create demand for HIV counseling and testing services, as well as to raise funds for the implementation of Prevention of Mother-to- Child Transmission (PMTCT) services. This is done in line with this year's global theme.
TARGET GROUP AND GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS
The Lagos AIDS Walk is targeted at all residents of Lagos state especially those in the
suburbs and Lagos Island environs. This population was chosen for intervention due to the significant burden of HIV/AIDS in the state and the high level of ignorance about the disease as well as discrimination and stigmatization towards those living with the disease.
It is also anticipated that the Lagos AIDS Walk would contribute to:
Increased political will towards discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS
Galvanization of faith-based organizations towards HIV/AIDS response
Improved access to HIV/AIDS screening and treatment.
MAIDEN EVENT REPORT
The maiden Lagos AIDS Walk took place on the 21 st April, 2012. Early in the day, Lagos residents had trooped out in their hundreds at the Ebute-Metta end of the Third Mainland Bridge where the walk kicked off at about 10:30a.m., half an hour behind schedule, to join the organizers. Sighted there were the Senior Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on HIV/AIDS, Dr Yewande Adeshina (representing the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola); the CEO, LSACA, Dr. Mrs. F O Dabiri; the Head of Projects, LSACA, Dr. Ogboye; Executive Secretary, Nigerian Business Coalition Against AIDS (NIBUCAA), Olusina Olulana; Lagos state Coordinator, Network of People Living with HIV/ AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), Ibrahim Umaru; Director of Public Health, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Oduwole, and Founder/Project Director, Positive Action for Treatment Access (PATA), Mrs. Morenike Odetoyinbo among others. Several celebrities also dotted the procession including former
beauty queen and event management specialist, Ibidunni Ituah-Ighodalo and the rave songstress Kween.