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Close The Gap This World AIDS Day #WAD2014

World AIDS Day 2014 is an opportunity to harness the power of social change to put people first and close the gap. Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible, but only by closing the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and people who are being left behind.

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Closing the gap means empowering and enabling all people, everywhere, to access the services they need.

  • By closing the HIV testing gap, the 19 million people who are unaware of their HIV-positive status can begin to get support.
  • By closing the treatment gap, all 35 million people living with HIV will have access to life-saving medicine.
  • By closing the gap in access to medicines for children, all children living with HIV will be able to access treatment, not just the 24% who have access today.
  • By closing the access gap, all people can be included as part of the solution.

Closing the gap means that ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible.

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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!, Issues!

 

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FREE SMS Quiz on Sexual Reproductive Health Launched

The Association of Church-based NGOs in Northern Ghana (ACDEP) has launched an SMS Quiz on sexual reproductive health. The aim of the SMS Quiz is to inform adolescents in a fun and interactive way about their sexuality. That is important, since 75% of the adolescents – questioned during one of ACDEP’s research on SRH (Sexual knowledge, attitude and behavior among adolescents in Northern Ghana, June 2013) – did not know that they can get pregnant when having sexual intercourse without using any contraceptive method. Less than half of the adolescents knew that you cannot tell someone’s HIV status just by looking at them. By enhancing their knowledge they are able to make their own decisions. Participants who answer all questions will receive a ticket for the World Aids Day Event and can also win prizes like mobile phones, t-shirts and airtime.

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The SMS Quiz

Participants of the free SMS Quiz need to text a keyword “WAD2013” to 7000 (MTN) or 1904 (Airtel, Expresso). Then they will receive 11 questions about sexual and reproductive health and 3 personal questions during one week. “Participants will receive two questions a day. If they answer all questions, they will receive a ticket for the World Aids Day event at the 30th of November in the Jubilee Park. There will be performances by famous artists, drama and dance”, explains Prince Abugri programme manager at ACDEPs health unit. “Since this is a sensitive topic, I would like to emphasize that the answers are confidential and will not be shared.” In order to create more awareness for the quiz, ACDEP has partnered with Curious Minds Ghana and radio stations Kesmi FM, Fiila FM, Justice FM and Northstar FM. ACDEP has also launched the website www.wad2013.acdep.org.

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2013 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!, Issues!

 

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Ghana Seizes 1 million faulty Condoms Imported from China

“Ghana facing ‘major public health issue’ after condoms supplied to health service found to contain                   holes and burst easily”

Condomize - Be Safe.

Condomize – Be Safe.

Ghana is facing a “major public health issue” after condoms supplied to the country’s health service were found to contain holes and burst easily. More than 1m “Be Safe” condoms have been impounded by the country’s food and drugs authority (FDA), which said they were also too small and not adequately lubricated.

“When we tested these condoms, we found that they are poor quality, can burst in the course of sexual activity, and have holes which expose the users to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease,” said Thomas Amedzro, head of drug enforcement at the FDA.

But the FDA said it was investigating how an unknown number of condoms had been distributed to health centres around the country, before the tests were conducted. “We want to get to the bottom of this, and to find out why all the condoms were not presented to us before they went out,” said Amedzro.

The FDA is recalling all Be Safe condoms on the market, and said it does not yet know how many have already been distributed. It is standard practice to conduct safety tests on condoms, many of which are imported from China.

The FDA said the faulty Be Safe consignment was imported by Global Unilink Ltd, a Ghanaian company, which had sourced them from an Indian company named Harley Ltd based in Kenya. Amedzro said the FDA has traced the condoms back to the original manufacturer, Henan Xibei Latex Company Limited, in Henan province, central China.

“This is a huge, huge problem,” said Faustina Fynn-Nyame, director of Marie Stopes International in Ghana. “There will be a lot of unintended pregnancies as a result of this, and that means maternal mortality and unsafe abortion. Commercial sex workers also use these products [so] the consequences could be enormous.”

The companies involved in importing the condoms were not available to comment. But Be Safe condoms are reported to be widely used in Ghana, where they are distributed by state-run health centres. Previous batches are understood to have passed safety tests.

This is not the first scare surrounding condoms in sub-Saharan Africa. Last year, South Africa recalled more than 1m faulty ANC condoms, which the ruling party had given away.

“This is a major public health issue because of the implications,” said Amedzro. “People use condoms to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy. If the condoms are not doing that, we could have increased [risk] of HIV and Aids, so that is a major concern.”

SOURCE: TheGuardian.co.uk

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Issues!

 

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SpeakAIDS is calling! #MDGmomentum [Goal 6]

Speakaids is an initiative that aims to provide young people with a virtual space to voice out their views and concerns regarding HIV & AIDS. You can read more about them on their website and like them and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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Last year, SpeakAIDS developed “Your 3 Zeros”, an online photo album presenting the views on young people in order to achieve the UNAIDS three zero objectives. The International Aids Candlelight Memorial aims to remember those lost to AIDS while expressing solidarity to people living with HIV. SpeakAIDS invites you to join in as they commemorate those we have lost to AIDS through an online art album to be released on May 19th in their website, and will be spread through many channels and platforms.

What you need to do is send a text (poems, stories maximum:150 words) or graphic (picture, drawing, painting maximum:737x1122px) … in remembrance of your parent, friend, etc. to: candlelight@speakaids.org.

 Please include your name and country in your email.

Note that the deadline is set to April, 30

While thanking you, SpeakAIDS looks forward to receiving your contributions.

E-mail: info@speakaids.org   website: www.speakaids.org

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2013 in Issues!

 

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Tender!

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(Tender Performing on South African Pop Idol stage)

Tenders’ voice alone floored me. I was really lost for words… she had it all, the looks, intelligence, humility and voice- gosh! The judges even testified she gave her all whenever she performed…phrases like ‘’…you are a star my baby’’ and ‘’…I think in my opinion it’s safe to say, you really do epitomize a diva, and probably the best diva we ever had” clearly proved it!

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(Tender Performing on South African Pop Idol stage)

I was left with no choice but empathize with ever sweet, caring and beautiful Tender as I screened ‘Love in a time of HIV’. On 20th September 2007, as a pop SA idol amongst four finalists she openly announced her HIV status – (such brave and right thing to do) She was evicted two weeks after disclosing her HIV status and went from stardom to any normal regular citizen, it made me also ask “where’s all the glitz and glamour”… the Press said all they wanted to, many even mocked her for disclosing her status and the loss of her premature baby “destiny”.

She spends quality time with her family (her mum- Mildred and other two sisters); they accept and love her as part of the family… Lilly, her youngest sister seems to be heading the same route, at age 17 she has had countless unprotected sex with guys even though she is fully aware of the dangers. Tender and her mother both fear she may end up making the same mistake and ending up infected!

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(Tenders’ younger sister Lilly, checking herself out in a mirror)

Tender found a new boyfriend, Godfrey, they’ve been going out for two weeks and he has no idea about Tenders HIV status. Tender realizes the need to reveal her biggest secret break the news to Godfrey and finds it tough but a must do- she describes her expectations as either “the end of something new or a start of something”.

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(Tender revealing her biggest secret to Godfrey, her new boyfriend)

She then tells him; making him aware of her status and the risks involved if they would want to continue going out.

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(Godfrey looked shattered after hearing what Tender had to say)

Tender received an sms from Godfrey the next day after informing him on her status- Tender seemed excited, but it would sure take more than a text message to prove he really wasn’t walking away. Tender blamed the spread of HIV in South Africa on men and particularly their attitude towards sex- She mentioned young women, 18 year olds are out looking for boyfriends, something they could hold on to… and married men are out taking advantage of them, these men move from girl to girl and only God knows what they take back home to their marital homes (wives), Tender had lost her faith in men, and it would take time to change that feeling.

                       It pays to either Abstain, Be and remain faithful to your partner or use a condom and stay safe and alive! I have founded and been running an initiative for sometime now: “Youth Against Stigma” – reaching young people with the aim of training them with relevant age-appropriate education on HIV & AIDS; making them Ambassadors so they reach out to others to make this world Stigma-free and contribute our quota to the Global AIDS response! You are gladly welcome to join and support this cause. watch out for our blog soon! 🙂 and check out what we’ve been up to and many more!

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Issues!

 

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