USAID’s Continuum of Care Strengthening Project, in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), between October 2020 and March 2021 tested nearly 30,000 people for the human immune virus (HIV) with 2,143 people who tested positive.
The USAID Continuum of Care Strengthening Project is designed to improve the capacity of the Government of Ghana and its partners to provide comprehensive, quality HIV services to people living with HIV.
U.S. Embassy Ghana Public Affairs Advisor Virginia Eliot, who revealed this, noted that of the number of people who tested positive for HIV, 1,988 of them were initiated into treatment. .
She was speaking via zoom technology at the 2021 media workshop and campaign against HIV / AIDS stigma organized by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The program aimed to equip journalists to effectively cover issues related to HIV / AIDS.
“Here in Ghana, we have made great strides in the fight to achieve control of the epidemic by 2030,” she added.
Dr Henry Nagai, USAID’s Strengthening Continuum of Care Project, called on reporters to use their media to encourage people, especially young people, to voluntarily get tested for HIV.
According to Dr Henry Naggai, the media is a powerful tool that can be used to minimize or even erase the myth surrounding HIV.
“People still see people living with HIV as outcasts, but journalists are in a better position to tell the story that if there is no cure for HIV, there is treatment for patients to live. for years, ”he said.
Dr Naggai revealed that enough resources had been devoted to HIV advocacy in the regions and that anyone could come to any health facility to be tested ”.
He noted that due to the stigma faced by people living with HIV, it is difficult for most of them to socialize and get involved in community activity.
He therefore challenged the media to help people in the community welcome people living with the virus since it is not a communicable disease.
Ms. Dzid Kwame, Media Specialist for the PEPFAR Project will demonstrate effective strategies to achieve control of the 95-95-95 epidemic at the national level.
“This means that 95 percent of people living with HIV will know their status, 95 percent of people diagnosed with HIV will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 95 percent of people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suspension,” he said. Explain.