The Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) on November 1, 2016 launched the 2016 World AIDS Day on the theme: “90-90-90: Providing comprehensive integrated services for all towards free an HIV-Free generation” at Ashaley Botwe Old Town Park in Accra.
The aim is to ensure that efforts are strengthened in the treatment of all persons who are infected with HIV, as well as addressing the needs of all others to prevent new infections.
The World AIDS Day which falls on December 1 every year, is a day set aside globally to remember those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, was also a time for stock taking by nations or people affected by the epidemic on how well the level of response has made an impact, and the way forward.
Dr Angela El-Adas, the Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, called for a renewed commitment by all stakeholders to achieve results through the agreed Fast Track strategies of testing, treatment and reducing the viral load of persons living with HIV to prevent AIDS related deaths.
As part of the event the to create more awareness on HIV/AIDS issues and get more people tested, West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) conducted free HIV testing and counselling at the durbar.
WAAF medical team tested about 65 people and did not record any reactive case. 300 condoms were shared to the community members who visited WAAF boot as part of the HIV preventive measures and 150 educational materials were also distributed.