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JOHANNESBURG, 21 March (PLUSNEWS) - Country Profile for Ghana

UNAIDS/WHO Epidemiological Fact sheets on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (Attention: This is a large PDF file) PDF Format

Ghana AIDS Commission

This multi-sectoral body has been set up to direct, manage, coordinate, monitor and evaluate all activities in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country. Specifically the objective of the commission is to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS by 30 percent by 2005.

Tel: +233 21 662691

HIV/AIDS Organisations:

1. Ghana HIV/AIDS Network (GHANET)
A network of NGOs involved in AIDS programming, membership of the network is between 400-600 through eight associations in the country. The chairman of GHANET also sits on the National AIDS Council.

Contact person: Sam Anyimadu-Amaning
Tel: +233 21 783923
Fax: +233 21 776725
Address: P.O. Box MB533 Ministries, Accra

2. Ghana AIDS Volunteers Association
The association has been travelling to remote rural areas to create awareness and to provide home-based care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Contact person: Mame Pokouaa
Tel: +233 21 246871
Fax: +233 21 240087
Address: P.O. Box 19952, Accra-North

3. Youth for Action Organisation (YAO)
YAO has been involved in creating awareness and encouraging prevention of HIV/AIDS among youth. Using peer group education and counselling, they are spearheading the project "Youth children Against AIDS".

Contact person: Paul Kwasi Mensah
Tel: + 233 8822665
Address: P.O. Box 548, Akim Oda, Ghana
Email: /

4. GTZ Regional AIDS Programme for Africa

Contact person: Bob Verbruggen
Tel: +233 21 763941
Fax: +233 21 763440
Address: P.O. Box 9698 KA, Accra

5. Mother Africa Association and Child Care Organisation (MACCO)
MACCO has been involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy and education campaigns and provides help for people living with HIV/AIDS

Contact person: Frank Ablorh
Tel: +233 21 716951
Fax: +233 21 712414
Email: /

6. ActionAid Ghana

Tel: +233 21 224788
Fax: +233 21 764930
Address: P.O. Box 19083 Accra-North, Ghana
Email: or

HIV/AIDS Projects

1. The Ghana Police Service HIV/AIDS Programme reaches more than 17,000 police personnel across the country through some 400 peer educators who use a curriculum created specifically for this critical target population. The programme recently launched a voluntary counselling and testing facility at the police hospital and has developed innovative behaviour change materials including a "condom wallet" that is worn on the belt and is now a standard component of the Ghana police uniform. The programme is being expanded to reach the remaining police across the country and to provide leadership for the introduction of a broader programme aimed at all Ghana's uniformed services.

For more details contact:
Dr Godfried Asiamah

2. Stop AIDS. Love Life is a national HIV/AIDS campaign that aims to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS, to increase the adoption of safer sex behaviour, to de-stigmatise HIV/AIDS, and to encourage compassion, care, and support for people living with HIV/AIDS (PWAs). The campaign focuses on advocacy, community mobilisation, and mass media. Mass media components include a music video, television, and radio spots featuring traditional and religious leaders and PWAs, and a popular television drama.

For more information:


Recent GHANA Reports
29,000 targetted for anti-retroviral therapy, 6/May/04
HIV infection rates rising in cities, survey shows, 11/Feb/04
ECOWAS governments tackle HIV/AIDS in their armed forces, 9/Feb/04
HIV/AIDS drugs to be ordered for hospitals, 4/Jul/03
Rising prevalence rate, 5/Jun/03

PlusNews is produced under the banner of RHAIN, the Southern African Regional HIV/AIDS Information Network. RHAIN's members currently include:

  • IRIN
  • Inter Press Service (IPS)
  • Health Systems Trust
  • Health & Development Networks
  • GTZ/Afronets

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