"Although HIV prevalence rate in Ghana’s youth is said to be low, the country has witnessed over the past few years a reversed trend. The National AIDS/STI Control Programme (NACP) under the auspices of the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health is putting together more proactive measures to ensure that the interventions targeted at the young reproductive age group is sustained over the time to avoid erosion of the gains made till date". (NACP 2011 annual survey report)
Being a major centre for voluntary counselling and testing, the HIV clinic at the regional hospital is making preparations for aggressive educational and awareness programmes in the year 2013. The aim is to educate the residents of the region, especially those within Sekondi- Takoradi, of the possible hike in the prevalence rate. This is due to the influx of both foreigners and locals to the region as a result of the oil found and other commercial activities.
Having build a strong working relationship with the HIV unit at the hospital, students taking their elective placement in Ghana destination will not just have the chance to learn more about HIV prevalence rate and interventions in Ghana, but also be able to get involved volunteering with the staff of the HIV clinic.
For more information on HIV prevalence rate and interventions in Africa and Ghana, visit www.unaids.org.