HIV infection rising in Ghana

This has been attributed to the inadequate funding from the government and reduced donor support.

In 2000, 3.4% of the population were said to be infected with the disease.

But the figure reduced to 1.4% in 2014 following a massive campaign.

Currently, 2.4% of the population are said to be infected with the viral disease with many having fears that this may threaten the country’s move towards achieving the 2016-2020 national HIV strategic plan.

The Vice President for Ghana HIV/AIDS Network, Edem Kawuba Heini said non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) who were holding massive campaigns about the dangers of the disease are folding up because “they have used their own resources to do a lot of programmes.”

He told PM Express on the Joy News channel Tuesday that the figure has increased because Ghanaians are becoming complacent about the threat of the disease.

Currently, 0.5% of the district assembly common fund is used to support HIV/AIDS programmes, but CSOs have argued that the figure is too low.

CSO Advisor for USAID People for Health (P4H) Project, Mukaila Adamu, called on the government to increase funding to fight the disease and also pay outstanding areas.


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