The “Sunshine Response” as the Ondo State response to HIV/AIDS is known, is an expediency that is necessitated by the compelling need to stem the tide of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and mitigates its impact on the people.
The first AIDS case was reported in 1989 and the State’s HIV zero-prevalence has moved from 2.9% in 1999, 6.7% in 2001, 2.2% in 2002 to 3.2% in 2005.
With an estimated population of over 3 million people, this scenario holds enormous implications for the socio-economic and political well being of the State. It is a huge burden on the already over stretched health system and is a leading cause of death among youths in State.
The Ondo State Government established the State Agency for the Control of AIDS otherwise known as ODSACA in 2001 as a multisectoral vehicle to drive the States’ response.
Thus ODSACA encompasses a wide spectrum of key stakeholders such as Government Line Ministries, Civil Society Organizations, Uniformed Personnel and People Living With HIV/AIDS among others.
To prevent new HIV infections, provide quality care and treatment for the infected and affected and to mitigate the impact of AIDS.
To have an HIV competent and ultimately HIV free society thereby enabling all people in the state to be able to achieve socially and economically productive lives free from the infection and its effect.