The Keynote speaker, The President H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recounted the success the country has chalked in the past years in the fight against HIV/AIDS during the 2021 World AIDS Day(WAD) celebration held on 1st Dec, 2021 at the forecourt of International Trades fair Company.
In his speech, the President acknowledged the support of WAPCAS and other implementing partners notably the Ghana Health Service(GHS), Christian Health Association of Ghana(CHAG), John Snow Inc (JSI) for their immense support contribution towards the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The celebrations was graced by dignitaries and heads of institutions and agencies notably, US Ambassador to Ghana, country Director -UNAIDS, Director General of GAC, Presidential Advisor on Health, Chiefs and Queen mothers, School pupils etc.
Launch of the National HIV/AIDS Strategic plans(NSP) 2021-2025
In this speech, the President mentioned that Ending AIDS and achieving epidemic control are the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategic plans 2021-2025. These goals are to be achieved by reaching the 95-95-95 fast track testing and treating targets which requires that by 2025 95% of all persons living with HIV in Ghana must get be diagnosed, 95% of the people diagnosed must be placed on ART and 95% of the people on ART must be virally suppressed. He added that some European Countries like Switzerland etc. have achieved these goals and many African countries are on a track to achieving so. For Ghana to join these countries the NSP seeks to reduced new infections and AIDS deaths by 85% as well as eliminated Mother-to-Child Transmission (MTCT).
The strategy ensures that prevention, testing, and treatment are giving as a comprehensive package through standard modules of Differentiated Service to ensure that groups, communities, and individuals received tailored made services that meet their specific needs. The strategy also seeks to achieve transformative results with demonstrable speed, urgency, and intensity of implementation. In the speech he mentioned that “This National strategy should guide the multi sectoral response and confident that if all stakeholders work together in implementing this plan , Ghana shall surely join the countries in achieving HIV epidemic control”.
He concluded his message by thanking funding partners; The Global fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, PEPFA and the UNAIDS for their continue financial and technical support.