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
The Community System Strengthening (CSS) project is gradually consolidating gains made in enhancing access to and utilisation of TB/HIV health service delivery, particularly in the four (4) regions, thirty-five districts and over 40 ART Sites and numerous communities where implementation is taking place. The second quarter of 2017 saw numerous activities being carried out to ensure the attainment of project outcomes and indicators. Although there were challenges during implementation of activities within the quarter, a number of successes were recorded.
Key successes recorded during the second quarter of 2017 included outreaches in underserved communities in four regions reaching over 3900 persons with information on Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, information on HIV Testing Services, Behaviour Change Communication (BCC), general information on HIV/AIDS, stigma and discrimination. One of the many significant success stories recorded during the quarter under review was linking a pregnant woman who had been Lost-To-Follow-Up (LTFU) back into care and treatment to enable reduce the chances of passing the virus unto her baby as well.
Models of Hope (MH) continue to play a critical role in augmenting the implementation of the first and second 90 (First 90 - 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; second 90 - 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, by 2020) of the ambitious universal 90:90:90 fast track targets to help end the AIDS epidemic.
Social Accountability Monitoring Committees continue to work at all levels (regional and national) to identify gaps in the HIV and TB health services delivery cascade and advocate for change and review of policies and systems to ensure quality services and commodity security.