NHARCON 2018 | The National HIV and AIDS Research Conference 2018 (NHARCON 2018) has ended with a lot of revelations.
One of such was the current HIV prevalence in the various regions.
On the last day of the NHARCON 2018, participants waited eagerly.
Then the time came for Dissemination of 2017 National HIV and AIDS Data.
Dr Stephen Ayisi-Addo, Program Manager of the National AIDS Control Program was first to present.
His presented the HIV Sentinel Survey Results.
The results on a national level, wasn’t so different from that of 2017, however there were major shifts and repositioning in the regional prevalence.
As was released at the NHARCON 2018.
Ashanti Region 3.2
Greater Accra Region 3.2
Western Region 2.4
Volta Region 2.3
Eastern Region 2.1
Brong Ahafo Region 2.0
Central Region 1.8
Upper West Region 1.3
Upper East Region 1.3
Northen Region 0.6
Speaking to a Technical Coordinator of the Commission stationed in the Eastern Region, Golda Asante, she expressed excitement, as the work in the region seemed to be paying off.
In her comments, “as you can see, in the past four years, our prevalence is reducing, and it is quite encouraging, because over the years, for more than 20 years, its always high”
She went on to state that, “This is an indication that we are getting results from what we have done over the years”
She was of the view that the media had greatly helped in the decrease in prevalence since there hasn’t been enough funds for “Since last year October up to date, almost every day or week, there is something on HIV, even today, I have spoken to three radio staions, According to her, “The media has really held the fort for us us” adding “As you know, over the years there hasn’t been money for Civil Society Organizations to implement HIV preventing activities for General Population”
“What we have is resources for key population”
She went on to express her gratitude and appreciation to the media and further wished that the collaboration will continue.
With the current statistics, one would wait to see how the various research works at the NHARCON 2018 would help reduce prevalence and further push forward the achievement of the 90-90-90