WAAF and IHCC have implemented many projects in the past. Read through the following summaries to get a better idea for the type of work we have done, and the wonderful partners we have worked with from across the globe. Current projects running now in 2018 can be found here.
ALMOND TREE PROJECT
The Almond Tree project started in 2004 at the former premises of WAAF-IHCC with a collective of HIV positive men and women who met under the Almond Tree to discuss issues and concerns pertaining to them. Soon, WAAF realized that people living with HIV/AIDS needed sustainable ways of supporting themselves ﬁnancially aside from the medical care they were receiving. Eventually, this project was developed as a skills-based training program in crafts such as bead making, batik/tie-dye with assistance from the AIDS committee of London, Ontario, through Canadian Crossroads International. WAAF-IHCC assisted the trainees with marketing the products they made, either at the shop or as souvenirs to be sold abroad by interns who worked at the clinic. In partnership with ECLOF, WAAF-IHCC also provided start-up capital for some of these trainees. The Almond Tree shop marketed most of these items (dresses, slippers, Shea butter, beads, clothing) made by the women and men.
NOTHING FOR US WITHOUT US (NUWU) PROJECT
The Nothing for Us without Us (NUWU) project was implemented by WAAF-IHCC and sponsored by Stop TB Partnership International. It achieved one of its major goals of having members from TB affected communities play a major role in decision-making related to TB Care in Ghana. The project has also contributed to building the structures for the Ghana TB Voice Network to be registered and recognized by the government and other stakeholders as the main official body representing the collective voice of TB affected persons nationwide.
ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC)
Nkabom (or togetherness in the local language) was developed by WAAF-IHCC because children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV more often experience lives full of stress, trauma, and loneliness. With assistance from Ghana International Women’s Club, this was to assist and assess the OVCs (orphans & vulnerable children) in Ghana in 2004. The program provided care for the physical, mental and emotional health of children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV. With the help of international organizations and private donors, the project sponsored children through both primary and secondary school.
PASSION SQUAD PROJECT
The mission of the project was sponsored by WAAF-IHCC and was to share knowledge and skills related to health with special focus on STIs and HIV/AIDS. Passion Squad was an in-school club and was managed by the students based on their interests and decisions of its members. It aimed to ensure a future healthy adult life of informed decisions and behaviours. The program was designed to be self-sustained by club members and driven by research-based peer education activities. WAAF supported these activities by providing educational materials and regular communication that allowed clubs to pursue their chosen activities. The project team, interns, and volunteers contacted various senior secondary schools in Greater Accra and the Western Region to implement this project. Some of the schools selected to set up the Passion Squad club were Ahantaman Girls Senior High School, Top Ridge School, and Ebenezer Methodist Senior High School.
IMPROVING ACCESS TO LGBT RIGHTS AD HEALTH CARE IN SELECTED REGIONS OF GHANA
In 2014, WAAF-IHCC joined a collaborative project with the Human Rights Advocacy Center (HRAC) and with funding from the Royal Netherlands Embassy to make integration of human rights, accessibility to quality, friendly LGBT-specific health care, and the consideration of the diverse needs of the LGBT community in Ghana. In 2016 the project entered its second phase, where WAAF-IHCC introduced the use of a Mobile Clinic to provide more comprehensive services, specifically to bring HIV services directly to the doorstep of the LGBT community. WAAF-IHCC continues to focus on health services such as STI screening and treatment, HIV testing services, enrolment of HIV Positive clients into care, as well as pychosocial support and preventive education. The onsite clinic International Health Care Center, DICs with partner organisations, community outreaches, phone calls, and social media all aimed to meet LGBT community members and offer appropriate, professional and confidential services.
THE PRESIDENT’S EMERGENCY PLAN FOR AIDS RELIEF (PEPFAR)
This small grant funded project was implemented by WAAF-IHCC between September 2015 and June 2016. The project reached out to a total of 1879 members of the Key Population groups with educational messages encouraging them make informed choices about their health. A total of 173 were able to know their HIV status and a total of 5 cases related to rights violation were reported onto the Discrimination Reporting System housed and managed by CHRAJ.
COMMUNITY SYSTEM STRENGTHENING (CSS)
The Community System Strengthening (CSS) project focused on enhancing access and the utilisation of TB/HIV health service delivery, particularly in 4 regions, 35 districts, over 40 ART Sites, and numerous communities where implementation took place. Key successes that were recorded during the second quarter of 2017 included outreaches in under-served communities in 4 regions. This reached 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, and 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, which reduced the chances of passing the virus to her baby. Models of Hope (MH) continued to play a critical role in augmenting the implementation of the first and second 90’s of the ambitious universal 90:90:90 fast track targets to help end the AIDS epidemic.
TUBERCLOSIS (TB) PROJECT
During this project, a team of medical personnel from WAAF-IHCC conducted TB outreach twice a week. Equipped with IEC materials, the official NTP screening tool and sputum containers, the team targeted densely populated areas such as market places. Using the NTP screening tool, presumptive cases were either referred for further testing, or sputum samples at the site were brought back to the IHCC facility to be analysed by sputum microscopy. Through collaborative efforts, allowing access to a Gene xpert machine, negative sputum were sent for confirmatory analysis. At the end of the project WAAF screened a total of 2,153 community members, 1 out of 19 of which was diagnosed from a high risk living situation.