WAAF currently works on many projects both autonomously and with partners. Below are some short summaries of current projects active in 2018. If you would like to know more about previous projects, please visit our Past Projects here. You can also contact us for more information regarding all current activities here. You can discover more regarding our clinic at the International Health Care Clinic website here.
WAAF-IHCC is undertaking the innovative alliances component of this project with its strategic partners, such as Hope for Future Generations Ghana and SocioServe Ghana. This component, based on learning from anti-corruption work in Ghana, will seek to incentivise innovative collaboration amongst and between CSOs and other stakeholders to enhance the effectiveness of anti-corruption actions.
POSITIVE ACTION FOR CHILDREN FUND (PACF) IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS
One of WAAF-IHCC’s main aims is to battle the spread of HIV/AIDS and mitigate its effects on communities by providing care and support, and developing and implementing pragmatic intervention programmes. Grants from ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF) are meant to alleviate the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and children’s health by supporting interventions that engage affected communities and developing their capacity to participate and lead. WAAF-IHCC was the only non-governmental organisation in Ghana to be part of this funding round. The Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF) has become an integral part of ViiV Healthcare’s commitment to communities affected by HIV and AIDS. It supports organizations working to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV by empowering mothers and children across the globe.
USAID STRENGTHENING THE CARE CONTINUUM PROJECT
WAAF-IHCC is one of the 10 implementing partners of the USAID – Strengthening the Care Continuum project through the John Snow Research Institute (JSI). Under the FY18 Care Continuum project, WAAF-IHCC has been assigned to implement activities targeting MSM and their partners in 5 selected districts in the Accra Metropolitan Assembly. The major objectives of the project are to provide MSM with comprehensive education on HIV/AIDS, STI, GBV, HIV testing services, STI screening, and condoms/lubricant distribution; to get MSM to test regularly, and to refer those that test reactive for confirmation, and link them to care; to enrol all HIV positive MSM into care, to retain all of those enrolled in care; to achieve viral suppression of all cases retained in care. In the first year of project implementation, 47 HIV positive MSM were identified in New Juaben in the Eastern Region of Ghana, while 100 were identified in the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, with a total of 82 initiated on ART.
HEALTHY MUM = HEALTHY BABY PROJECT
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission started in 2007 with support from the National AIDS Control Programme. Over 1000 women have and continue to benefit from this intervention at the onsite clinic. Since 2014 the onsite clinic has not recorded a single case of HIV infection of the babies among its cohort of HIV infected mothers.
OUTREACH PROJECT ACTIVITIES
Preventing the spread of HIV begins with education. Education is the best tool for fighting stigma and discrimination. Educating the public through awareness campaigns coupled with one-to-one knowledge sharing has proven to be effective. Education efforts also focus on encouraging behaviour change, such as a reduction in the number of sexual partners, increased use of condoms, and delaying the start of sexual activity. We run outreach for many of our projects, and often invite volunteers and interns to join. These projects activities are great learning opportunities for communities.
Community Outreach Activities: WAAF-IHCC is in partnership with organisations such as the Osei Kusi Foundation, Agbogba Health Committee etc. to provide health education and health screening in line with our vision to be a key player in the global effort to support communities.
In-School Education on HIV/AIDS, Teenage Pregnancy and STI’s: WAAF-IHCC extends its outreach activities to Senior High Schools. Previously, students in the Northern Region were extremely engaged during the in-school outreach programs held by WAAF-IHCC. The project team taught a class of 38 girls and 54 boys in Tamaligu, and the team in Pishigu taught a ratio of 30 girls to 87 boys. In the Western Region, the project team visited schools such as Bethel Pentecost Preparatory School, Ahantaman Senior High School, Ebenezer Methodist School, Top Ridge School among others to educate them on HIV/AIDS, how to abstain from pre-marital sex, to avoid teenage pregnancy, and to avoid STI’s and other relevant issues. In-school education by WAAF-IHCC is an ongoing project.
WAAF-IHCC offers its unique Mobile Clinic services which enable it to expand its services across the entire country. This way, health education services are brought to the door steps of those who would not or could not otherwise access it. The mobile van is often a feature in our other projects, as it is able to be utilised for conveniently traveling to provide services such as testing.