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GHANA: Government worried by effect of AIDS on women

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JOHANNESBURG, 21 September (PLUSNEWS) - Ghana's Deputy Minister for Women and Children's Affairs, Kofi Poku-Adusei, has expressed concern over the rate at which HIV/AIDS was creating orphans.

The Ghana News Agency quoted Poku-Adusei as saying: "The new dimension of the disease is the creation of a rapidly growing orphan population ... statistics reveal that more than three million children have lost both or one of their parents to HIV/AIDS and the vast majority of these live in sub-Saharan Africa."

Urging Ghanaians to examine critically the threat posed by HIV/AIDS, Poku-Adusei noted that current AIDS figures should serve as a "wake-up call" for the country's women.

Research shows that of a total of 64,591 HIV/AIDS cases recorded at the end of 2002, more than 39,000 were women, while just over 25,000 were men.



Recent GHANA Reports
Government ploughs ahead with plans to produce AIDS drugs locally,  31/Aug/05
AIDS treatment on rise, but stigma still around,  17/Aug/05
Single battle-plan to hit both TB and HIV/AIDS,  19/May/05
HIV-AIDS on decline for first time in 5 years, survey shows,  15/Apr/05
Local employers start to care for their HIV-positive staff,  7/Apr/05
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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