Hope for Future Generations (HFFG), a Ghanaian NGO has called on government and civil society to intensify the sensitization of HIV test in all the Regions in Ghana.
On November 1, 2017 Ghana announced its national theme for this year’s World AIDS Day as ‘The right to health; know your HIV status; seek early treatment’. World AIDS Day is observed globally every 1st of December to garner global support and inspire individuals, governments, civil society, religious bodies, private sector and all other stakeholders to achieve a shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
According to the 2016 HIV Surveillance Survey, HIV prevalence was highest in the Volta and Brong Ahafo regions at 2.7 per cent. This is a turn-around from the 2015 report which had indicated Ghana’s capital
had the highest HIV prevalence.
A statement issued on December 1, 2017 and signed by the Executive Director of Hope for Future Generations (HFFG), Mrs. Cecilia Senoo stressed the need for government and civil society especially, to maintain sensitization of HIV test and counseling service provision in all Regions so that other Regions are not neglected due to a low prevalence.
“Our constant neglect of what seem to be low prevalence areas always reap negative outcomes…such Regions end up becoming high prevalence areas, and the cycle continues”, she emphasized.
She further stated that, all Ghanaians such as young, old married, unmarried, with or without disabilities, educated, uneducated, adolescents, aged, living in rural, urban or peri-urban areas, employed or unemployed need to know their HIV status and seek early treatment.
“All people, regardless of their age, gender, where they live or who they love, have the right to health,”
said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “No matter what their health needs are, everyone requires health solutions that are available and accessible, free from discrimination and of good quality”, she explained.
According to her, by 2030, with the support of and partnership from all stakeholders, the NGO hope that Ghana reports progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3 to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages – by leveraging rights-based practices and behaviours to ensure that health care is accessible, acceptable, available and of good quality for all Ghanaians.
She added, “As a member of civil society and a Non-Governmental Organisation, we pledge to continue creating awareness and providing health service relevant to achieving the ambitious but possible 90-90-90 target; By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status”.
Mrs. Senoo also revealed that, 90 per cent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained anti-retroviral therapy.
“90 per cent of all people receiving anti-retroviral therapy will have viral suppression”, she assured.
Source: Daniel Kaku