n African Human Rights Law Journal - A rights-based approach to access to HIV treatment in Nigeria

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



This article focuses on the right to health under international and regional human rights instruments and issues affecting access to HIV / AIDS treatment in Nigeria. Although the Constitution of Nigeria does not recognise the right to health, Nigeria has ratified international and regional human rights instruments which guarantee the right to health as a fundamental human right. Arguing that access to treatment is a fundamental right, the authors focus on factors militating against access to treatment in Nigeria, such as the high cost of drugs, poor facilities in the health care sector, lack of respect for patients' rights, and stigma and discrimination associated with HIV / AIDS . A comparative analysis with other countries, such as South Africa, and possible suggestions for the way forward are then made.

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