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Ghana must up the fight against HIV and TB

By
Josephine Nyarkoh, GNA

Kumasi, Aug 03, GNA – Civil Society
Organisations (CSOs) have called for intensification of the fight against
HIV/AIDs and tuberculosis (TB).

They said more was needed to be done to
overcome stigmatization and ensure access to antiretroviral drugs by people
infected with HIV/AIDs.

The CSOs made the call at a three-day advocacy
training workshop held in Kumasi.

The programme was organized by the Hope for
Future Generations (HFFG), an NGO and the goal was to help the organizations to
engage in advocacy and monitoring of the availability of HIV and TB
commodities.

Ms. Olivia Graham, the Coordinator, Technical
Support Unit of the Ghana AIDS Commission, said there was the need for the
public to give strong support to the infected persons to lead normal lives.

They should not be condemned as being
disgraceful but deserved to be shown love and care.

She urged the opening of more antiretroviral
therapy (ART) centres to enable the patients’ to access treatment.

Mr. David Nartey Tekpenor, Programmes Manager
of HFFG, said the workshop was part of a one-year project to equip the CSOs
with advocacy, monitoring and data gathering skills on HIV and TB commodities
in three districts.

These are the Kumasi Metropolis, Bekwai and
Obuasi Municipalities.

The project is aimed at tearing down the
barrier of public stigmatization and being implemented by the HFFG in
partnership with the Ghana HIV and AIDS Network (GHANET), another NGO.

The finding is coming from the United States
(US) Ambassador’s Small Grants Project.

Mr. Tekpenor said they would be working
closely with the Ghana AIDS Commission, Ghana Health Service, Ghana-West
African Programme to Combat AIDS and STIs (WAPCAS), and the Network of
Association of Persons Living with HIV (NAP+Ghana), the media, traditional and
religious leaders to achieve the goal.

GNA

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