World AIDS Day 2018 at SAA’s HQ, Accra – GhanaWeb Administrator
There are 36.9 million people living with HIV worldwide (UNAIDS 2017). The vast majority of people living with HIV are located in low- and middle- income countries, with an estimated 66% living in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2016, 2.1 million people aged between 10 and 19 years were living with HIV and 260,000 became newly infected with the virus. The number of adolescents living with HIV has risen by 30% between 2005 and 2016 (UNAIDS 2017). Thus, the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) in commemoration of World AIDS Day on 1st December 2018 organized activities to create awareness within our immediate vicinity of Adjiringanor as a way of giving back to our community.
A float was organized in the morning of the 1st December, where; SAA Permanent secretariat team together with community members embarked on a walk on the principal streets of the community to create awareness and invite community members to SAA’s Permanent Secretariat, Adjiringanor, Accra- Ghana for World AIDS Day celebration.
SAA in partnership with GHANET, organized free HIV/AIDS screening and counselling as well as education on prevention tools. A film titled ‘Nothing without Us’ by PATA was shown, to educate the community on the damage that stigmatization and marginalization caused in the AIDS responses.
Female and male Condoms were distributed and tutorials on how to avoid being infected with HIV/AIDS and STIs were also discussed alongside with the benefit of knowing your HIV statute.
The event was well attended by more than 150 people in the community. The Adentan Municipal Social Welfare Director and the Assembly man of the area who graced the occasion with their presence, delivered the opening speech. Only 1 person was reactive out of the 89 people tested. SAA was very pleased with the support from its community, and look forward for more community outreach programme on prevention & Testing.