West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) joined other stakeholders and non-governmental organization in the Western Region to commemorate the World AIDS Day celebration in the region.
The United Nations have designated the 1st December of each year as World AIDS Day and theme chosen for Ghana is ‘Fast Track: Meeting The Health Needs of Children Towards an HIV-Free Generation’.
The regional celebration to commemorate the day was held at the forecourt of the District Assembly at the Ahanta West District on the December 8, 2015.
Key partners in the region were requested to support the occasion by delivering solidarity messages, mount a stand for exhibition and provide condoms and lubricants, counseling and testing services and IE&C materials during the event.
Key note address which was read by a representative of the Regional Minister stated that, the government is doing everything within it capability to join hands with ministry of health and other agencies to ensure that HIV/AIDS becomes a thing of the pass.
He also said, Ghana is looking forward to have a generation of 0% new infections in years come. To anyone tested positive, there are antiretroviral drugs which are catered for by the government under NHIS.
In addition to his statement he made mention of stigmatization and discrimination of PLHIV’s, adding people will be bold enough to check their status when we do away with pointing hands and the likes to PLHIV’s.
He advised the youth to refrain from illicit sex and thanked the key partners for the great services provided on HIV/AIDS issues.
A solidarity message from Gideon Adjaka, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) was delivered read and followed by NAP+, among others
Students from Mpohor Senior High commemorated the day with a cultural display and play to educate the gathering.