Reinforcing the Scaling Up of HIV Services: Strengthening HIV Prevention and Effective Targeting
Program goal: To reduce new HIV infections and deaths among men, women, children and neonates in the next 3 years
- Target HIV care and prevention efforts in four high priority regions which have 58% of the country’s population, and where HIV prevalence is more than twice the national figure. These regions also include 75% of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Ghana as a whole. The four regions also contain the hot spots for female sex workers (FSWs) and men who have sex with men (MSM);
- Promote the adoption of safer sexual practices among FSWs; and
- Strengthen and fund community systems (CSS) to improve prevention, access to care and follow up among affected populations, and assign individual civil society organizations (CSOs) to support program implementation.
- Strengthen the capacity of CBOs, community volunteers, support groups, and community leaders to reduce gender inequality;
- Target known FSW hotspots nationwide, and identify new ones with HIV prevention information and services;
- Conduct Behavior Change Communication and Information, Education and Communication using various media;
- Distribute male and female condoms among key populations, vulnerable groups, and the general population;
- Expand Counseling and testing (CT) sites and integrate CT with Sexual Reproductive Health;
- Reduce stigma and discrimination through continuous assistance to law enforcement agencies, civil society human rights organizations, and health workers to ensure the rights of key populations and PLHIV are respected; and
- Conduct community outreach through peer educators and in school settings.
- People living with HIV/AIDS
- Female Sex Workers