The team at the West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF) and its onsite clinic; the International Health Care Centre (IHCC) have for many years, joined other organizations in HIV in Ghana to commemorate the World AIDS Day Celebration. The celebration presents the unique opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the HIV pandemic and encourage more progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care around the world.
The 2022 WAD celebration was marked under the theme Equalize. On December 1, 2022, WAAF and IHCC head office staff joined the Ghana AIDS Commission and other partners at a National Durbar to celebrate World AIDS Day 2022. This event took place at the Forecourt of the state house in Accra, Ghana. The WAAF IHCC team carried out HIV testing and counseling, blood pressure screening, condom, and lubricant distribution as well as the exhibition of our work over the years spanning of photos, and videos to keep all persons present engaged when they walk by our stand.
WAAF’s branch offices in the Central region, Western region and Northern region were not left out as they also carried out similar activities in solidarity towards WAD celebrations on the regional level by partnering with the various District Health Directorates and the GAC technical support units (TSU) of the various regions in Ghana where our offices and projects are being implemented. Our WAAF Northern regional office partnered with the Savelugu Health Directorate and Triple S foundation to carry out education in some basic schools in the district. The education in these schools focused on HIV prevention, the importance of getting tested to know your HIV status and the availability of treatment all over the nation.
These activities presented the opportunity for people to receive education on HIV and to know their HIV status by testing and for people to access condoms, lubricants, IEC materials including demonstrations of the right way to wear a condom.