`Stigma,Problems For HIV Positive Teachers’

Only 120 HIV/AIDS positive Teachers, nationwide, are members of the Network of Teachers and Educational Workers on HIV/AIDS, Ghana (NETEWAG), says Mr Haruna Ibn Hassan, an Executive Member of the organisation.

He was speaking at a two-day workshop for members of the Network, at Dodowa in the Shai/Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region, and attributed the non-disclosure of status to the discrimination and stigmatisation that such persons were likely to face.

The workshop was organised by the Partnership for Child Development (PCD), of the Imperial College of London, under the aegis of the Ministry of Education.

It brought stakeholders together, to brainstorm on the pandemic, draw a strategic plan for its reduction and to reduce the stigma and discrimination the Teachers face, as well as empower the NETEWAG to push for the implementation of HIV/AIDS policies in the sector.

According to Mrs Gertrude Ananse-Baiden, the Ghana Programmes Manager of the PCD, evidence globally shows that HIV/AIDS is a real threat to the education sector and in essence, human resource development.
She remarked that Teachers who suffer HIV/AIDS, absent themselves frequently from classes, which result in the fall in standards.

Mrs Ananse-Baiden commended the government, the Ministry of Education, and other partners for assisting the HIV/AIDS positive Teachers and bringing them together to inspire each other, that all is not lost.

The Director of Finance and Administration of the Ministry of Education, Mr Benjamin Afful, reiterated that reducing HIV infection and improving the health of the affected “is a prerequisite for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals Two and Three, which seek the achievement of Universal Primary Education and the promotion of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, by 2015”.

He was therefore happy the Ministry of Education was associated with workshop, to find solutions to the issue of stigma and discrimination against them.

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