HIV prevalence rate down

Ms. Christine Evans-Klock, UN Resident Coordinator.Ghana has minimise the rise of HIV\AIDS, which had the prevalence rate of 1.6 per cent in 2014, according to an annual report by the United Nations (UN) on the implementation of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

The reduction of the HIV prevalence, the report said, formed part of development results recorded in the country with UN support, including helping women farmers adopt agro-processing equipment resulting in increased output and incomes, communities supplied with solar powered irrigation pumps for increased harvest, introduction of programmes leading to a 20 per cent reduction in open defecation in the Upper West Region.

Other achievements the report highlighted were the expansion of the Legal Aid Scheme to all 10 regions and 16 districts across the country to increase access to justice, the adoption of the National Migration Policy, the National Housing Policy which comprises a programme to develop slums and poorest communities and the introduction of the legal and programme framework to address child marriage and other social menace.

Commenting on the report, Christine Evans-Klock, UN Resident Coordinator, said the UNDAF sets out the UN’s contributions to the achievement of the medium-term development plan and provides a strategic programme framework for bringing together technical expertise and resources of all UN agencies working in the country to work in line with the national development priorities.

The report, she said documents the UN’s efforts and results in 2014 and 2015 in the country, working with numerous government, civil society and development partners.

The UN agencies, she said were counting on strong partnerships in completing the implementation of the strategic framework for 2018-2021, which would focus support on localising and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Ghana’s national development plans.

 

By Times Reporter    

 

 

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