2019 World AIDS Day launched in Accra – The 2019 World AIDS Day event has been launched in Accra. It is expected that come next month December, Ghana would once again mark the World AIDS Day celebration.
Last year 2019, the day was celebrated together with the Farmers’ Day.
This somehow took the shine out of the day.
Mr. Kyeremeh Atuahene, the Acting Director-General called on communities to work hard to complement the efforts of the Commission to end the epidemic in line with the ambitious goal of 90-90-90.
With the theme “Communities make the difference” the Acting Director-General called on media partners to do more to create publicity on the situation.
According to Mr. Atuahene thee year 2020 is going to be an important year for HIV advocacy. “2020 is the milestone of the 90-90-90 fast track targets. It also marks the end of the current national HIV and AIDS strategic plan…” he said.
Touching on the Global fund which will be due in May 2020, he dropped a hint of review programs aimed at collating data that will be used as a basis to apply for the fund come 2020.
He also encouraged the public to get tested at any of the country’s 3,700 centers that are offering free testing services.
On her part, Ms. Angela Trenton-Mbonde, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, noted that, even though some progress had been made, there was still more that needed to be done to meet the needs of the 27.9million people living with HIV.
This need was even crucial considering the fact that out of all PLHIV across the globe, 63% are currently on antiretrovirals.
Providing global statistics to back her statement she mentioned that there were 1.7 million new infections in 2018, 77,000 AIDS-related deaths and 32 million deaths globally since the epidemic broke out.
In the light of the theme, she added her voice to call on communities to take a center stage in playing key roles to provide a positive response at the local, national and international levels for greater achievements.