Three Civil Society Organizations have entered into a partnership to work towards reducing Covid-19 infections in the continent.
The three are the Millenium Promise Alliance (MPA), National Association with Persons Living with HIV (Nap+ Ghana), and the Youth Health Advocates Ghana (YHAG).
The project in Ghana, according to the Executive Director of the MPA, Chief Nat Ebo Nsarko, goes beyond “sensitization for Covid-19 testing to include social and behaviour change interventions to trigger and sustain Covid-19 preventive behaviours, counter myths and misconceptions, reduce stigma and enhance vaccine utilization”
“The project seeks to complement the good works of the government of Ghana in reducing community spread of Covid-19 and minimize its effect on the attainment of the National HIV and AIDS targets. It is aligned with the National Covid-19 Response PLan (2020-2024),” Chief Nat Ebo Nsarko added at the launch which was held in Accra on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021.
Three districts each from the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions have been selected for the implementation of the project.
Also speaking at the launch, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye urged Ghanaians to keep adhering to the safety protocols as the country was not out of the woods yet.
He urged groups to “use their platforms to intensify information and education in the general public at the community level on the need to obey the laid down protocols and the need to get vaccinated to win this fight.”
He commended MPA, Nap+ Ghana, and YHAG for embarking on such a project.
Dr. Kuma-Aboagye was hopeful that the project will augment the government’s effort against the pandemic.
“I see this project as a noble cause to complement government’s appreciation to partners and stakeholders like MPA in the fight against this global pandemic,” he said.
Also present at the event was the UNAIDS Country Director, Madam Angela Trenton-Mbonde.
She called for collective efforts to fight against the disease.
She also commended the efforts of CSOs for their activities in making society better.
“Ending the COVID-19 pandemic requires an all-hands-on-deck approach involving the government, the private sector, academic and research institutions, civil society organizations and development partners. CSOs have been crucial in the HIV response from the very beginning of the pandemic. They were the first responders to HIV three decades ago and today, they remain essential in advocating for a robust response to the epidemic and in the delivery of HIV prevention and treatment services that can reach all those affected and ensure continuity of care,” she said.
The Ghana Health Service and the UNAIDS are both partners to the project.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com