The National Social Accountability and Monitoring committee (SAMCs) as part of its 2017 second quarter activities planned to visit 5 out of 10 regional SAMCs. The aim is to follow up on RSAMC activities and progress in the region, track progress on regional specific issues identified and reported by the RSMACs in the previous quarters and provided technical support and oversight to the RSAMC where needed. A team of 3 members representing the NSAMC visited the RSAMC in the Upper East region.
NSAMC team in meeting with fraction of the RSAMC members at the TSU’s office
NSAMC and RSAMC team with the administrator and ART in-charge of the Navrongo hospital.
In September 2017 WAAF closed out the Improved Access to LGBT Rights and Health Care project, a joint project in partnership with Human Right Advocacy Center. WAAF objective of the project has been to reach out to LGBT community with free, professional and friendly health services. HIV testing and STI screening and treatment has been focus of services provided from DICs, outreach and through Mobile Clinic services.
Mobile Clinic services improve the quality of service delivery.
WAAF also saw this as an opportunity to provide the full cascade of HIV services outside health facilities. Knowing of the struggle it can be to link PLHIV into HIV care and treatment, WAAF believed that with HIV management services in a mobile clinic there would be an increase in enrollment in ART of clients detected to be HIV positive during DIC or outreach activities.
After 18 months of implementation, WAAF provided services to 1385 people, 735 confirmed to be member of LGBT community. 499 people were diagnosed and treated for STI, 964 received HIV testing services, where 97 were detected to be HIV positive.
In September 2017 WAAF closed out the first phase (FY2017) of the USAID Strengthening the Care Continuum project. After 10 monthsof project implementation in New Juaben (ER) and Accra Metro (GAR) WAAF can proudly say we made an effort in the fight against the HIV epidemic within the MSM community of Ghana. A total of 1714MSM have been reached with education and prevention messages though the work of Peer Educators in the two districts. Out of these 1156 MSMhave received HIV testing services and STI by professional and friendly project nurses. Detection of HIV positive MSM resulted 149 MSM detected to be HIV positive, giving a yield of 12.9%.
Since October 2017 WAAF has moved into FY2018, where project implementation will be targeting MSM within 5 Sub-metros of Accra Metropolitan Assembly. To ensure WAAF will meet targets set by the project, a number of new Peer Educators and Case managers have been recruited as part of the project team. 12 PEs ensure MSM are reached with preventive messages, while 7 CMs mentor and support HIV+ve MSM to get enrolled into HIV care and start antiretroviral therapy.
Key results Care Continuum FY2017