USAID Strengthening the Care Continuum Project, in collaboration with Ghana Health Service (GHS), between October 2020 and March 2021 tested nearly 30,000 people for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), with 2,143 patients tested positive for HIV. positive
The USAID Strengthening the Care Continuum program is designed to improve the capacity of the Ghanaian government and its partners to provide quality and comprehensive HIV services for people living with HIV.
Public affairs adviser for the US Embassy in Ghana, Virginia, Eliot, who disclosed the matter, said: Of the number of people diagnosed with HIV, 1,988 people started receiving treatment.
She was speaking through Zoom Technology during the 2021 Media Workshop and the HIV/AIDS Campaign. organized by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for Relief (PEPFAR).
The project aims to enable journalists to report on HIV/AIDS effectively.
“In Ghana We have made great strides in the fight to achieve epidemic control by 2030,” she added.
Dr. Henry Nakai, leader of the USAID Strengthening the Care Continuum project, urged journalists to use their media to encourage people to especially youth voluntarily test for HIV
Dr Henry Nakai said the media is a powerful tool that can be used to minimize. If not remove the myths about HIV.
“People still see people with HIV as outcasts. But journalists are in a better position to tell the story that although there is no cure for HIV, there is no cure for HIV. But there are treatments for patients to live for many more years,” he said.
Dr Nagai revealed that resources are sufficient for HIV support in the region and anyone can walk into any health facility for testing.”
He noted that because of the stigma that people with HIV face, It is therefore difficult for most of them to socialize and participate in community activities.
So he challenged the media to help people in the community live with the virus because it’s not contagious.
Ms Dzid Kwame, Media Specialist for the PEPFAR project, will demonstrate effective strategies to achieve national 95-95-95 epidemic control.
“This means that 95 percent of people with HIV will know their status, 95 percent of those diagnosed with HIV will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 95 percent of Those who are given antiretrovirals are suppressed the virus,” he explained.