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Representatiives of Marginalized and Vulnerable Groups visit President John Dramani Mahama
The representatives of marginalized and vulnerable groups visited the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, on August 26, 2013 to present to him their challenges and needs.
SWAA with UNFPA support participates in CSOs forum at Abuja
In April 2001, African Union Countries met in Abuja, Nigeria, and pledged to increase government funding for health to at least 15% and also urged development partners to scale up support.
Appendix of Main Reports at Abuja
SWAA Ghana Female Condom Conference-Prevention, Pleasure and Protection
Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA) Ghana in partnership with the Ghana AIDS Commission, Ghana Health Service and UNFPA held its two day conference on the female condom on the 7 & 8 November 2012.
The Keynote Speaker was the Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr. Angela El-Adas.
Over 230 participants from women’s groups, National Association of People Living with HIV, SWAA partners, tertiary students, government agencies on health and women and many organizations working on health and women empowerment attended the conference.
Speakers at the workshop included Ms. Nancy Ansah, President for SWAA Ghana, Mrs. Cecilia Senoo, Executive re Director, Hope for Future Generations, Prof. Kate Adoo-Adeku, Professor at the University of Ghana, Legon and Executive Director, PAD and Associates, Mrs. Lucy Owusu Darko, Deputy Country Director, OICI, Mrs. Josephine Sackey, Executive Director, Socioserve, Ms. Jemima Asune, President, SWAA Ghana HIV Club, University of Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana and Dr. Joseph Amuzu, Director of Policy Planning at the Ghana AIDS Commission.
Dr Angela El-Adas, Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission said that the Commission is committed to renewing and ensuring the availability of female condoms in the country.
She said the Commission would continue to support the Ghana Health Service in ensuring the training of service providers within the health sector as well as civil society organisations.
Dr El-Adis, made this observation at the opening of a two-day female condom conference organized by the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa, (SWAA), Ghana on the theme, “Prevention, Pleasure and Protection”.
The conference is to contribute to the re-awakening and ensuring sustained female condom procurement and advocacy leading to effective promotion and distribution in the country, as well as helping to improve reproductive health and rights.
It was also to encourage the correct and consistent use of female condoms, and to increase uptake of the condoms nationwide, thereby contributing to the achievement of the national target of reducing new HIV infections by half by 2015.
Dr El-Adis said female condoms were very important since they gave women greater control over safe sex negotiation, protected them from sexually transmitted infections including, HIV in cases where their partners were not receptive to using the male condom, and provided an additional option of contraception for couples.
She said 60 per cent of women in Sub Saharan Africa were affected by HIV, while 56 per cent of affected persons in Ghana were women, adding that women in sub Saharan Africa were not only at risk of HIV/AIDS but were the most affected by the virus.
Dr El-Adis assured that the female condoms had been tested and recommended and were 95 per cent secure all the time when used correctly and consistently as they protected women with the sense of security and from unwanted and unintended pregnancies.
She urged all to support the reproductive rights of women, ensure the rights of women for HIV prevention, saying “we must all wake up to promote, distribute, educate and use the female condoms”.
Ms Nancy Ansah, President of SWAA Ghana said evidence had shown that Female Condom promotion, usage and accessibility had reduced drastically around the world, since there had not been any sustainable and integrated advocacy, promotion and distribution plan.
She said the role of the female condom could not be underestimated since it was the only female device against unwanted pregnancies, HIV and other STIs.
The SWAA Ghana female condom conference was a success. Female condom promotion and distribution continues in earnest.
SWAA PREMIER ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 2011
"Universal Access and Human Rights: Addressing the Challenges of Women"
The much awaited SWAA Ghana Annual Conference took place on August 2 & 3, 2011 at the GNAT Hall, near the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council in Accra. The theme for the conference was “Universal Access and Human Rights: Addressing the Challenges of Women”.
The purpose of the Conference was to bring HIV positive people together from the whole of the country to meet stakeholders, especially policy makers in health, gender and resource allocation, to tell their stories and have an effective platform to affirm their challenges.
The conference was therefore to provide opportunity for many People Living with HIV, representatives of various networks of PLHIV to think together and present a document that would contribute to the delivery of HIV services in Ghana.
More importantly, the conference provided a focus on women’s challenges in accessing prevention information and services, treatment, care and support.
Over four hundred PLHIV from all the ten regions of Ghana participated in the conference and contributed meaningfully to discussions on the topic. About 30 organisations also honoured SWAA Ghana’s invitation to the conference.
In her keynote Speaker the Hon. Juluiana Azumah Mensah, Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs, reiterated government’s support for to the conference topic.
“As I acknowledge a general lack in Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment Care and support, I also acknowledge that women have specific challenges in accessing ART and other HIV services as has been the case in accessing many other social facilities and amenities”.
Women’s weak political and financial position affects their ability to access treatment and other services concerning HIV and their sexual health.