GHANA AIDS COMMISSION DRAWS UP AMBITIOUS ANTI-HIV PLAN

The Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) has set for itself an elaborate plan of activities over the next five years to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country.

The 90-90-90 target set out in its 2016-2020 plan requires that 90 per cent of people living with HIV will get to know their status, while 90 per cent who already know their status will receive sustained anti-retroviral treatment (ART) and requires that 90 per cent of people receiving treatment will achieve suppressed viral loads.

Dr Angela El-Adas, the GAC Director-General, said this here Tuesday during the commission’s annual partnership forum and business meeting. This is 12th time the Commission has organized such meetings to discuss the progress made and challenges faced in the national HIV/AIDS response strategy implementation efforts, make recommendations and seek funding and technical support to tackle priority areas.

About 300 participants, including representatives from ministries, departments, agencies and several HIV stakeholder organizations and individuals, are taking part in the two-day event which is being held under the theme “National Strategic Plan 2016-2020: Sustainable partnership and resource mobilization towards achieving 90-90-90”.

“This year’s theme depicts Ghana’s commitment towards attaining the global long term goal to end AIDS by 2030, firstly by accelerating to the 2020 fast-track targets”, Dr El-Adas said.

Officials said this year’s meeting is unique since it marks the first year of the global strategy to ending AIDS while Ghana strives to attain the 90-90-90 targets by 2020.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.