HIV/AIDS Campaign In Decline – NGO

Apostle Fred Annim with Yasmin Dunkley (left) addressing the media

ACTIONPLUS FOUNDATION, a Tema based Non-Governmental Organisation
(NGO) has called on government through the Ghana AIDS Commission to step up its
campaign against the spread of the deadly HIV/AIDS disease.

The foundation said it had observed that there is silence in the
HIV/AIDS education and campaign in the country, describing it as ‘dangerous’.

According to Actionplus, creating awareness about HIV could help
people take ‘positive precautions’ in order to prevent themselves from contracting
the virus.

They have therefore called on government through the Ghana AIDS
Commission- to revive its ‘large-scale battle’ that aims to promote public
awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Addressing a news conference in Tema, the Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) of Actionplus Foundation, Apostle Fred Annin, said that although some
successes had been chalked, there appear to be a decline in HIV awareness
programmes and there is the need to do more in the fight against the deadly disease.

“With our experience in the HIV/AIDS campaign over the years we have
found out that when people hear about HIV they become aware that HIV is still
with us and therefore take positive precautions in order to prevent them from
acquiring the virus. We at Actionplus have noticed that there is silence on the
HIV/AIDS campaign in the country.

He said “our concern as an advocacy group is that if care is not
taken, Ghana might relapse into a high prevalence rate. We wish to draw
government’s attention to the need to invest in the campaign and education of
HIV/AIDS. This is the only way to reduce the incidence of the prevalence of
HIV. The silence of HIV prevention campaign these days is very alarming and this
is the new danger facing us as humans as much as HIV is concerned.”

He called on stakeholders and other relevant organisations to work
together to ensure that Ghana achieves the UNAIDS 2030 target of ending the
HIV/AIDS menace.

Yasmin Dunkley, Country Partner of Actionplus Foundation from the
United Kingdom, appealed to persons who do not know their status to test, since
there is so much information and technology innovation available to end HIV

From Vincent Kubi, Lashibi