The West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) is committed to contributing to the Global Agenda of Ending AIDS by 2030 through the provision of preventative services through viral suppression in a client-centered approach. By forming partnerships, WAAF/IHCC are able to address other factors linked to HIV such as stigma and discrimination, abuse of human rights, poverty, gender inequality, and inequitable healthcare access. By working with communities, themselves, WAAF/IHCC uses local expertise to ensure effective and efficient outcomes.
WAAF works both in urban, sub urban, rural, and extremely hard to reach communities and focuses its work on the people who need it the most. With the agenda of leaving no one behind, WAAF/IHCC provides tailored services to corporate bodies as part of their social responsibility and for a reasonable fee which goes back to sustain the work of the organizations.
WAAF / IHCC has physical presence in 4 regions of Ghana. With some regional offices overseeing work in adjacent regions as well as the opening of satellite offices for specific projects when needed and having representatives in other regions, WAAF / IHCC maintains a presence in all 16 regions of Ghana. Additionally, WAAF has a presence in some West African countries through partnerships with like-minded organizations.
WAAF has since inception, focused on HIV, however as with many other devastating epidemics in history, vulnerability to HIV has been increased by factors such as poverty, discrimination, and social exclusion. Efforts to address HIV therefore go beyond the provision of direct services such as treatment. As such, WAAF has found itself over the years delving into other areas of work such as gender mainstreaming, economic empowerment, fighting stigma, universal health coverage, and fighting comorbidities such as Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B&C, Cervical Cancer as well as non-communicable diseases. Examples of Past projects can be viewed here, and Current projects here.
Ultimately, WAAF’s goal is to ensure healthy individuals with no one left behind, either in the nation of Ghana or the West African sub-region.