OUTREACH FOR ADOLESCENT ORPHANS HIV+ FOR RESILIENCE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMICadmin
The Society for AIDS in Africa, in partnership with the government of Ghana, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA Ghana), the Canadian High Commission organized a donation exercise at the Adentan Municipal Assembly. This donation exercise was targeted at providing 600 dignity kits to HIV+ adolescent orphans and the aging. The programme took place at the Conference hall of the Adentan Municipal Assembly. In attendance was the ICASA Director & SAA Coordinator, Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, the Representative of the United Nations Population Fund, Mr. Mutaru Goro Iddrissu and Adentan Municipal Assembly HIV/AIDS focal person, Mr. Jeremy Addah.
After the opening remarks by Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, he now invited Mr. Jeremy Addah to give his welcome address. Mr. Addah, on behalf of the Adentan Municipal Assembly welcomed all participants and stakeholders to the programme. He added that the Assembly inaugurated its HIV/AIDS committee the previous day and was looking forward to work with all stakeholders such as the Society for AIDS in Africa in the coming future.
Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, in his remarks, highlighted that the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted and limited HIV response and for that matter has increased the plight and burden of PLHIV. The focus and attentions of governments have shifted from other diseases including HIV/AIDS to mainly the fight against covid-19 pandemic. He also stated that the emergence of the Corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic and its attributed impact on the vulnerable in our society, such as people living with HIV, adolescent girls, women and the aging cannot be over looked.
As such, The Society for AIDS in Africa as part of its mandate as Non-Governmental Organization, embarked on this donation exercise fulfilling its social responsibility as well as;
- Alleviating and mitigate the impact/burden of COVID-19 on PLHIV.
- Contributing to the prevention of COVID –19 among PLHIV.
- Raising awareness of PLHIV on preventive measures on COVID -19.
One of the recipients of the COVID-19 Dignity kits, Madam Salomey Nkansah representing the Worldwide International Youth Organization, thanked SAA for this donation exercise. She indicated that the donation was timely as COVID 19 has distorted activities worldwide affecting People Living HIV (PLHIV) and implored on all recipients to put the kits to good use. She also asked for continuous support to run their domestic programmes.
Another recipient, Madam Edna Ofori of the Help Children Foundation an NGO that works with adolescents through the various hospitals and models of hope, expressed her appreciation to SAA its continued support and these dignity kits would go a long way to helping these adolescents as the world reverts back to normalcy.
Umu Alimu another recipient expressed her gratitude and thanked all stakeholders for putting together this donation exercise.
Mr. Mutaru Goro Iddrissu, representing UNFPA Ghana, in his closing remarks, indicated that UNFPA is a reproductive health and rights agency that seeks to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and the potential of every young person is fulfilled. It was in this light that UNFPA has been working with young people. He also stated that young people face a mirage of challenges including access to SRHR information and services. These challenges existed before the COVID 19 pandemic and the outbreak has worsened these challenges and made it for difficult for young people to access these services. The funding for this programme came from UNFPA and the Canadian government. UNPFA over the years has been providing support for young persons, particularly, young adolescent girls and for this special group UNFPA was more than happy to provide these items. These items aimed at relieving the burden of the pandemic and provided some comfort and relief during these times
He concluded by thanking The Society for AIDS in Africa, for putting this programme together and the hosts, the Adentan Municipal Assembly as well as all stakeholders and the media for making this donation exercise a resounding success.