Health News of Friday, 1 February 2013

Source: Health

GAC gives financial support to GHANET to implement HIV plan

Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) has released an amount of 100,000 Ghana cedis to Ghana HIV & AIDS Network (GHANET) to enable it implement the National Strategic Plan (NSP) in six districts in the Volta Region.

These are Ho Municipal, Kpetoe-Ziope, Adaklu, Ho-West, South Dayi and Ketu North.

Sixty percent of the amount was for project implementation while 40 per cent was to be used for training, management cost and logistics.

Mr Victor Atta Ntumi, President of GHANET announced this at a stakeholders meeting in Ho on Thursday.

The meeting was to map out strategies towards attaining zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths in the six districts.

It was attended by some Municipal and District Chief Executives in the region, representatives of HIV/AIDS non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

Mr Ntumi said the NSP, developed by GAC and the government in 2011 is to provide among others treatment and care for all whose lives have been devastated by the disease, particularly orphans.

Mr. Ntumi said implementation and achievement of set targets in the NSP by 2015 depended on all stakeholders and appealed to all “to put their shoulders to the wheel”.

Mr. Isaac Kodobisah, Ho Municipal Chief Executive, lauded the efforts of GHANET in bringing the project to the region and pledged his administration’s support in achieving

He called for an end to discrimination against People Living With Aids (PLWAs) and appealed to society to demonstrate their love to them.

A one day workshop was organized by GHANET in Ho on Friday for 25 people from five HIV/AIDS NGOs to equip them to work in the six selected districts.

Mr. Ntumi appealed to the participants to be committed to scaling up universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support services for PLWAs.