The Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), today marks the World AIDS Day in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) on the same platform as National Farmers Day.
In a statement issued by the GAC, this collaboration is necessitated by the drive to ensure that no one is left behind in the global effort to end AIDS by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals
To achieve this, the GAC is embarking on targeted interventions with tailored package of information and tools to reach every sector of society.
“National Farmers Day presents a special opportunity to reach out to farmers and other agribusiness men with the knowledge and tools necessary to live an informed life.
“This initiative is in recognition of the central role of farmers in nation building, and their potential of missing out on traditional outreach activities due to the nature of their occupation,” the statement read.
In collaboration with partners, the GAC shall mount an exhibition of assorted Information Education and Communication materials, freely distribute condoms and offer HIV testing services.
Additionally, numerous resource persons including the Heart-to-Heart Ambassadors personnel from GAC would be available to offer free counselling and psychosocial support on all matters relating to HIV and AIDS.
The passionate pursuit of the global 90-90-90 Fast track targets, the GAC is determined to ensure that by 2020, at least 90 per cent of people living with HIV know their status; 90 percent of persons living with HIV are enrolled onto treatment and sustained in care; and 90 percent of people on sustained HIV treatment attain viral suppression.
To achieve this goal and many others, GAC encourages all to test for HIV.
The World AIDS Day (WAD) is celebrated each year on December, 1, across the world to highlight the importance to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV.
This celebration would hold at the Heroes Park near Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi but it is expected to be replicated across the country in all the ten regions.