Ghana poised to combat HIV/AIDS epidemic

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The Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) says it has developed an ambitious five-year strategic plan to eliminate the HIV/AIDS scourge and to safeguard the lives of people living with the deadly virus against stigma.

The 90-90-90 target outlined in the plan requires that 90 per cent of people living with HIV would get to know their status, while the 90 per cent who know their status would receive sustained anti-retroviral treatment and the 90 per cent of people receiving treatment would achieve suppressed viral load.

Dr Angela El-Adas, the Director General of the Commission, said GAC had made remarkable strides towards the eradication of HIV/ AIDS through advocacies, campaigns and health education, receiving huge backing from government and development organisations, including the United Nations Development Project.

The Director-General was speaking at the 12th Annual Partnership Forum and Business Meeting, organised by the Commission, on Tuesday.

The meetings was on the theme: “National Strategic Plan 2016-2020: Sustainable Partnership and Resource Mobilisation towards achieving 90-90-90.”

“This year’s theme depicts Ghana’s commitment towards attaining the global long -term goal to end AIDS by 2030, firstly by accelerating to the 2020 fast-track targets,” Dr El-Adas said.

The Commission’s partnership with stakeholders could speed up Ghana’s efforts to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals on Combating the Epidemic.

“If we are to propel Ghana’s HIV response to model status once again and provide treatment for all, a partnership is prudent,” she said, “Innovation, for sustainable financing, by the GAC and our partners is necessary.”

The Commission said there had been a significant decline in trends in disease indices and improved health conditions of persons diagnosed with the HIV.

The strategic plan consists of a “Treat All” policy, which serves as a catalyst to ensure the smooth implementation of the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.

Dr Nii Moi Thompson, the Chairman of the National Development Commission, lauded the Government’s contributions towards championing the HIV campaign initiative.

“Government recognises Ghana’s ability to create, retain and develop as dependents on the health its people,” he said.

“It therefore continues to fund prudent initiatives to combat epidemics like HIV/AIDS.”

Dr Thompson said the theme was a clarion call for strengthening commitment and responsibility of all stakeholders and urged civil society organisations to partner the Commission to help implement the strategic plan.

The 2016 partnership has seen financial commitments from government, Joint United Nations Team on AIDS, Global Fund, United States Government and GIZ.

Source: GNA

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