Action Youth For Development -Ghana is Non-governmental (NGO)was formed to empower and nurture the vulnerable and the less privileged people for the achievement their goals thus to train, equip and support the vulnerable in the society in order to meet their social, economic and health needs without rancor.
HIV/AIDS has become world canker of which Africa is not exception, in a way to curb and possibly eradicate such global canker, Action Youth for Development-Ghana, an NGO based in Kintampo North in the Bono East Region was among 50 NGOs selected by Ghana HIV /AIDS Network and Ghana AIDS Commission to undertake HIV self-testing project in Ghana using oral quick test kids.
According to the Executive Director, Mr Nanga Joseph Nyindam , the HIV self testing is the gateway to biological HIV prevention or treatment because the Self-testing is a method that may increase consistent HIV testing , adding that, the testing occupies a central role in National and local strategies to curb the HIV epidemic.
The field volunteers moved from house to house targeting the beneficiaries. Indivuduals who received a positive test result may be linked to medical and social care: if a sustainable undetectable viral load is achieved through treatment, the applicants cannot transmit the HIV virus to their sexual partners.
“Such approaches have the potential for significantly reducing HIV incidence ” he said
He further disclosed that ,the targeted population cut across but not limited to traders, drivers, tailors, dressmakers, headdresses, barbers etc.
Mr Joseph reiterated that,proper community entry protocol was highly observed and community members Cooperated very well with the field volunteers for the execution of the aforementioned HIV self-testing Exercise.
Meanwhile, the reactive cases based on results were taken through confirmatory test and those further confirmed were linked to care according to protocol observed.
Mr Joseph appealed to government , individuals and stakeholders to come to their aid as the organization is bewildered with loads of challenges to carry out it’s humanitarian services for the people of Ghana.
He called for Resources thus there are Limited funds to carry out its operations effectively and efficiently across the Municipality.
He admonished all community members to be collaborative and not to feel reluctant to be part of the HIV self testing exercise as it is the only surest way to curb this canker before it blows alot of dimensions in the country’s heath sector.
Name of the Executive Director: Nanga Joseph Nyindam
By Lawrence Odoom/OtiXpres.com