The West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) in collaboration with the Accra Diamond Lions Club organized HIV/AIDS Candle Night at Haatso, in the Ga-East Municipal Assembly on 30th November, 2016 to commemorate the 2016 World AIDS Day celebration.
HIV/AIDS Candle Night plays a significant role in relation to World AIDS Day celebration as a time of remembering those who have died from HIV/AIDS. More so, the evening served as a reminder that HIV can have a huge impact on one’s life; hence if people are living with HIV and are unaware, they are at a huge risk of passing the disease to sexual partners and to children HIV positive mothers’ birth, if necessary steps are not taken to prevent mother-to-child transmission.
The ceremony started at 7pm with an opening prayer and welcome address from Gifty Anyeley Marley, the Programmes Manager-WAAF. The president of NAP+, Mr Emmanuel Beluzebr explained to the community members gathered about the significance of the HIV/AIDS candle night and was followed by messages from CSO’s present.
The dignitaries present such as the Assembly Man of Haatso, President of GHANET-Mr Edem Hini, President of NAP+, President of Accra Diamond Lions Club and the CEO of WAAF-Dr Naa Ashiley Vanderpuye joined together on stage to light the candle and observed a minute of silence for all those who died as a result of being infected with HIV.
WAAF team members also used the opportunity to distribute over 300 condoms and educated them on how to effectively wear the condom (male and female).
World AIDS Day which falls on December 1 every year, is a day set aside globally to remember those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, was also a time for stock taking by nations or people affected by the epidemic on how well the level of response has made an impact, and the way forward.
Source: WAAF Communications Department