The President of Ghana HIV and AIDS Network (GHANET), Ernest Amoabeng Ortsin, has called on President Akufo-Addo to give great attention to the HIV situation in Ghana.
He made the petition when he was giving an address at the launch of 2022 World AIDS Day and the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Ghana AIDS Commission.
He noted that the prevalence of the HIV situation in Ghana has shot up at an alarming that needs to be curbed before it’s too late.
He said that “My appeal borders on the National HIV and AIDS Fund whose activation has been delayed since 2016. For those of us who may not be aware, the Fund was enacted into law in 2016 following the amendment of the GAC Act, 938.
“According to the Act, the only person who can activate the Fund is the Minister of Finance. I, therefore, wish to use this platform to make a Special Appeal to the Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, to unfailingly activate the Fund in the 2023 budget which will be read exactly two weeks from today,” he said.
Mr Ortsin also noted that the country needs the National HIV and AIDS Fund to preserve the lives of the over 250,000 Ghanaians who are currently surviving on life-saving Anti-Retroviral (ART) drugs.
“It is instructive to note that about 8 per cent of this number are children (i.e. 20,000). At the present time, the Global Fund is the major donor supporting Ghana’s interventions against HIV and AIDS.
“I am of the view that this is not tenable as the Global Fund may one day decide to wind down its activities.
“As a country, we need to take our destiny into our own hands. And that is why GHANET and all Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Health are calling on the President and Minister of Finance to ACTIVATE the Fund.”