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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.

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The CCM Ghana

The Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a country-driven and multi-sectoral partnership of relevant stakeholders with health programs in the three disease areas. They comprise representatives from government, private, civil society, bilateral and multilateral agencies, academia, professional associations and people living with either of these diseases.

Since the Global Fund does not have offices in implementing countries, the CCM is central to the Global Fund's commitment to local ownership and participatory decision-making. As a country led body, the CCM is expected to engage a variety of actors in decision-making processes through a country dialogue in order to develop a national proposal based on priority needs and gaps identified in the three disease components. Additionally, the CCM is responsible for overseeing progress of program implementation. As part of this oversight role, the CCM appoints the Principal Recipients of the Global Fund grants through a fair and transparent selection process.