The epidemic of HIV/AIDS has become a global, national and local concern in view of its adverse effect on the human socio-economic development. There is no segment of our national development that is spared. As a matter of fact, there is no community or settlement that has not witnessed the pang of the epidemic. The menace has sent millions of people, worldwide, to their early grave, while it has infected many more than a mind can imagine since it was discovered more than two decades ago.
According to the sentinel 2008 survey, about 2.95 million people are estimated to be living with the virus in Nigeria, with a national prevalence of 4.6 percent. Nigeria is rated the third country in the world with the largest population of HIV/AIDS victims, coming behind India and South Africa. Should we then fold our hands and allow this dreaded disease do its worst to us? Of course no; something needs to be done. Government alone can’t do it. We must all play our part.
Guildance Community Development Foundation (GCDF) is borne to respond to this need; to run an aggressive campaign towards HIV/AIDS prevention through awareness, campaigning, pre counseling, testing, and post counseling