World AIDS Day 2018 at SAA’s HQ, Accra – Ghana

World AIDS Day 2018 at SAA’s HQ, Accra – Ghana

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 at Adjiringanor as a way of giving back to our community.

A float was organized on 1st December 2018, 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 Ghana HIV and AIDS Network(GHANET) organized free HIV/AIDS screening and counselling as well as education on HIV/AIDS preventive methods. A film titled ‘Nothing without Us’ by Positive Action for Treatment Access(PATA) was shown to educate the community on the damage stigmatization and marginalization has cause in the AIDS response.

Female and male condoms were distributed with tutorials on how to avoid being infected with HIV/AIDS and STIs were also discussed. Furthermore, the benefit of knowing ones’ HIV status were highlighted in such discussions.

The event was attended by more than 150 people in the community. The Adentan Municipal Social Welfare Director and the Assembly man of the area graced the occasion. The opening speech was delivered by the director of Social Welfare. Out of 89 people tested one was reactive. SAA was very pleased with the support from the community and looks forward to more community engagements on HIV/AIDS prevention and testing.

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