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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.

The representatives of marginalized and vulnerable groups visited the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, on August 26, 2013 to present to him their challenges and needs. This programme was facilitated by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social protection as part of group meetings with the President.

In a preparatory meeting towards meeting the President, the group elected Ms. Nancy Ansah, the President of SWAA Ghana as one of the speakers. She presented the key general challenges for all the marginalized groups involved.  The issues are as below:

  1. There are many laws that are supposed to provide security for marginalized and vulnerable people, but most of these laws are not providing the intended enabling environment as they are designed for. The strengthening of various social protection laws and the law enforcement agencies to provide the needed protection is a crucial consideration for the group.
  2. The high level of stigma and discrimination at various health centres limits the ability of the vulnerable and marginalized to access quality health care. Stigma and discrimination prevent   us from accessing critical legal and social services for the improvement of our quality of life. It is difficult to access redress through the law enforcement agencies when we are wronged by others.
  3. The Social Welfare department is found everywhere in Ghana-at various levels of governance, yet it is the least resourced and usually it is not able to provide the needed support when the need arises. The group therefore requested that government considers the strengthening of the Social Welfare Department by providing adequate and well trained staff, funding and the logistics needed to improve upon the services provided by the department and also to strengthen their monitoring and evaluation of programmes.
  4. The group also requested for improvement in safety nets programmes and facilities around the country to cushion the marginalized during very difficult times. There are few temporary shelters to seek refuge when the needed. Rehabilitation centres to support effective mental health care delivery are not visible enough. There are monetary safe nets but we request for more and also for effective monitoring of how the existing ones are being implemented to ensure that all marginalized and vulnerable people have access to such programmes when they need them.
  5. Finally, the group proposed that government creates a database of all marginalized and vulnerable people to support policy formulation, planning and implementation of programmes that are developed to improve the quality of life of all.

The group was made up of people with all forms of physical and mental disability and vulnerable groups like commercial sex workers, trafficked children, rehabilitated drug addicts, People Living with HIV & AIDS, Kayayee (female porters), and albinos, among others.

The President’s Response

His Excellency John Dramani Mahama said that any country which cannot take care of the vulnerable and marginalized is spiritually bankrupt and that irrespective of the economic growth and prosperity in Ghana, many still fall out of the gains. It is the responsibility of government and other groups to ensure that every citizen has dignified life.

The President said that government is creating a data base of all marginalized and vulnerable groups in the country to enable them to access government social protection programmes.

He also mentioned the free –of-charge registration of vulnerable persons with the National Health Insurance scheme to enable them access medical care.

The President affirmed government’s commitment to create the needed environment for persons with disability and vulnerable groups to unearth their potential and also have share of the national cake.

He said government will increase the number of people accessing the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme to 100,000 by the end of 2014.

He also mentioned that domestic workers are also a group that must not be forgotten in the legislation of protection laws for the vulnerable.

He bemoaned the high level of stigma and discrimination and said that government will lead anti-stigma crusades to enhance the quality of lives of the vulnerable and marginalized groups in the country.

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