News & Events
SWAA GHANA ELECTED NEW OFFICERS
SWAA Ghana successfully held elections on 2nd July 2014 to elect a new executive council to lead the organization for the next two years. The handing over ceremony took place on August 12th 2014 at UNAIDS conference room. Ms Nancy Ansah the outgoing President, handed over the mantle of Presidency to Ms Gloria Dei Tutu.
HIV/AIDS PREVENTION AND CONDOM PROMOTION
SWAA Ghana in collaboration with Ghana AIDS Commission reached 2851 youth and 1293 adults on HIV prevention activities and distributed 3,485 condoms under the ‘Protect the Goal’ Campaign in 2014. HIV testing and counselling services were also organized at lorry stations and market centers in Accra
EBOLA/CHOLERA SENSITIZATION
SWAA Ghana in collaboration with Hope for Future Generations and support from the Information Unit of the Ga West District Assembly conducted a Community Sensitization and Education program on Cholera and Ebola in the Ga West district. Community members were educated on how to prevent and manage a person infected with Cholera or Ebola
ICASA 2015
SWAA Ghana was represented at the 18th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) held in Zimbabwe.

On 17 and 18 November, the President of SWAA Ghana, Ms. Nancy Ansah and the Immediate Pats President, Mrs. Cecilia Senoo, joined 129 people from 24 countries and 4 continents gathered in The Hague, The Netherlands for ‘Prevention, Pleasure and Protection’, the International Conference on Female Condoms.

Previously to the conference, UAFC organized the Paper Doll Event at the House of Parliament on November 16.

Organized by the UAFC Joint Programme in co-operation with PSI Zimbabwe and Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), this two-day conference offered participants a dynamic environment to share knowledge and experiences and meet and get inspired by other people involved in the advancement of female condoms from around the world.

The conference was energetically chaired by Greetje Lubbi, the chair of the International Steering Group of the UAFC Joint Programme.

Next to plenary presentations by leading scientists and specialists, a range of working groups offered the possibility to discuss topics including a.o. The  latest developments in regulatory issues, new types of female condoms, the use of social media for promotion, localization of gatekeepers, and the sustainability of the global advocacy movement.

There were government officials, donor representatives, female condom programmers, advocates, manufacturers and scientists. During the conference there was also ample time to share materials and establish new contacts.

In his keynote speech, Mr. Christaan Rebergen, Special Ambassador for MDGs and Public Private Partnerships with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, praised the major achievements of the UAFC Joint programme such as contributing to placing the female condom on the international agenda and demonstrating the commercial potential of the female condom.

 Mr. Rebergen also announced the continued support of the Dutch government for the UAFC Joint Programme in 2012, as well as the support of the Finish government for the same year, which was welcomed with applause.

 Female Condom Champions from Kenya, Cameroon and the USA invited Mr. Rebergen to write a message on the life-size  Zawadi, in support of UAFC’s Paper Doll Campaign.  

In his closing speech, Mr. John Skibiak, Director of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), shed light on the agenda ahead by elaborating on three themes that in his view will profoundly influence the evolution of the female condom movement in the coming years: the importance of opening up price negotiations with manufacturing sector in a neutral space; ensuring that supply chains work effectively by making use of practical (online) tools; and the new potential advocacy opportunity for the female condom under the UN Secretary  General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s health.

At this conference the latest UAFC publication is formally launched. The book "Making female condoms available and accessible, a guide on implementing female condom programs"  is a Guide on Implementing Female Condom Programs and aims to facilitate the expansion of large-scale female condom programming worldwide, so that the female condom will be available, accessible and affordable for all women and men.
This Guide represents the experiences, lessons learned, challenges and successes of the female condom programs of our colleagues in Cameroon, Nigeria, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.

All of them have a passion for the female condom and sincerely believe that female condom use ultimately improves couples’ sexual and reproductive health.

Their experiences are included in this guide, so that their stories will help you anticipate challenges and opportunities as best as you can when implementing a large-scale female condom program.

This guide is written for (potential) implementers of large-scale female condom programs of national and international NGOs, CBOs, donors, health practitioners, and other professionals in the field of health, sexual and reproductive health, HIV/Aids prevention, and gender.  

Convincing decision makers and gatekeepers that the availability of female condoms is essential for the health of the community can be a tough job. It is crucial though for a sustainable female condom program.

To cater to all advocates that would like to start advocating the female condom UAFC Joint Programme has developed an advocacy toolkit.

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