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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.

Sex work is universal phenomenon but illegal in many jurisdictions including Ghana. Activities are therefore clandestine. This makes it difficult to determine the true extent of the sex work industry although it is acknowledged to be substantial and has apparently been increasing in recent years.

Effectively addressing HIV and AIDS epidemic among sex workers and their clients, SWAA Ghana, since December 2008, started implementing HIV intervention with a focus on female sex workers (FSW) and their Non-Paying Partners (NonPP) at Sampa in the Jaman North District in the Brong Ahafo region.

The choice of Sampa was strategic and timely because of its proximity to La Cote D’Ivoire and the cashew nut harvesting, which attracts a lot of cross border activities between traders from Cote d’ivoire and producers in Ghana and other foreigners.

Activities implemented

  • A-four day training workshop was organized to train 8 FSW and 2 of their NonPP and SWAA staff to equip them with knowledge on HIV and AIDS and to educate their peers in the sex trade and their non paying partners within the district on the HIV and AIDS menace and encouraged them to protect themselves from getting infected. Additionally, they were to promote eight key HIV and AIDS behaviors.
  • Love and trust activity were organized to give education on STIs, HIV and AIDS to FSWs and NPPs and their peers. The programme also promoted condom use among FSWs and their NPPS and Counseling and Testing for participants.
  • SWAA collaborated with the district health directorate and organized community outreach activities to give education, screening and treatment services on STIs, HIV and AIDS to community members who could not afford the cost of transportation to the hospitals where they were referred
  • SWAA and the Sampa District hospital formed a network of people living with HIV from communities within the Jaman North District. Out of the 19 members, 12 are FSW.

Achievements

  • 56 condom outlets were opened and a total of  15,342 condoms distributed
  • 134 FSWs went for CT and received their results and 349 received treatment for STIs
  • 20 NPPs received STIs treatment and CT respectively
  • SWAA was the only NGO working on HIV in the Jaman North District

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