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WAPCAS launches Human Rights Project on Stigma & Discrimination

The Ghana–West Africa Programme to Combat Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (WAPCAS) has launched the Human Rights Intervention project to help eliminate stigma and discrimination of vulnerable populations.

The intervention was launched in Accra on Thursday on the theme: “Keep the Rights Lights On: Removing Human Rights Barriers – Improving Access to Legal and Health Services.”

It seeks to reduce stigma and discrimination at all levels against Persons living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), cured Tuberculosis (TB) patients and other vulnerable groups. It is also to train health care providers on human rights and medical ethics related to HIV and TB, aimed at reducing HIV related gender discrimination, and harmful gender norms against females.

The intervention is being implemented by WAPCAS in collaboration with key actors including the Educational Assessment and Research Centre, Women Lawyers in Development for Africa, the Special Education Unit for the Blind under the Ministry of Education, the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAG) among others with funding from the Global Fund.

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Ghana Pilots World's First Malaria Vaccine

Worldwide, Malaria kills more than 400,000 people a year with most deaths occurring among young children living in sub-Saharan Africa. Although existing interventions have significantly reduced malaria deaths over the past 15 years, a vaccine could be a significant complementary add-on for malaria control efforts.

RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S) is the first malaria vaccine shown to provide partial protection against malaria in young children. It will be the first malaria vaccine provided to young children through national immunization programs in three sub-Saharan African countries—Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi.

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