Dr Christine Evans-Klock, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Ghana, has lauded Ghana’s election as Vice Chair of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, saying it is a sign of confidence in the country’s efforts at managing the AIDS response.
She made the commendation on Tuesday at the launch of the 2015 World AIDS Day (WAD) at Teshie in Accra.
This year’s WAD is on the theme: “Fast track: Meeting the health needs of children towards an HIV-free generation,” and activities for the celebration would include advocacy, media and community-related activities.
“I wish to commend the country on her efforts at reducing new HIV infections,” the Resident Co-ordinator said.
“UNAIDS has adopted the newly endorsed strategy emphasising the fast track approach to accelerate the AIDS response over the next five years to reach critical HIV prevention and treatments targets and achieve zero discrimination,” Dr Evans-Klock said.
She said the strategy called for countries like Ghana to make investments to ensure that all pregnant women were tested for HIV and put on treatment if the need be, to prevent infections among unborn babies.
Dr Angela El-Adas, Director-General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, said the Commission had resolved to accelerate the implementation of comprehensive, targeted prevention and treatment programmes on HIV in the country.
She said: “This year marks a milestone in the national HIV response. We have come to the close of implementing the current five-year comprehensive Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS.”
Dr El-Adas said recommendations from the evaluation would form part of the evidence that would help develop a new National Strategic Plan 2016-2020.