ACCRA, The Director-General of the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), Dr Mokowa Blay Adu-Gyamfi, says efforts at reducing new HIV infections within the population cannot succeed without the provision of high impact HIV prevention services and has called on all stakeholders to be ready to change methods that are not working and scale up best practices to achieve the maximum results in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

She was speaking at the launch of the Fourth National HIV and AIDS Research Conference (NHARCON) 2018 here Friday. The conference, which will bei held under the theme, Ending AIDS: Rethinking Practices for maximum impact from May 8 to 11, 2018, will serve as a platform for researchers and stakeholders to share information and experiences, discuss results of research and examine their implication for the implementation of the current National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan (2016-2020).

Dr Adu-Gyamfi said it was important that the Commission and its stakeholders subscribed to one monitoring and evaluation framework in reducing new infections. She noted that the 2016 HIV Sentinel Survey Report had six regions (provinces) with higher HIV/AIDS prevalence than the national prevalence of 2.4 per cent.

The regions are Volta, Brong Ahafo, Eastern, Ashanti Western and Upper West. Northern Region had the lowest prevalence of 0.7 per cent while Volta and Brong Ahafo recorded the highest (2.7 per cent) prevalence.

Comparatively, HIV prevalence is higher in urban areas. The findings of the 2016 survey show the HIV prevalence in Ghana has been fluctuating despite stability demonstrated in some regions and an overall declining trend since the inception of the surveys, she said.

She said rethinking practices for maximum impact would require a collective and country-led movement to scale up HIV prevention programmes and services as part of fast-tracking a comprehensive response to meet global and national targets.