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Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) a Sub-Recipient (SR) of the HIV component of the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) intervention under the Global Fund New Funding Model III (NFMIII) grant under Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) as Principal Recipient (PR), has held stakeholders engagement meetings with health professionals from the Volta, Oti, Ashanti, Greater Accra, Bono, Bono East, Western and Western North Regions of Ghana.

The purpose of the engagement meetings held between May and June 2021 was to :

  • Provide updates on the implementation of CSS intervention
  • Discuss the selection criteria for community cadres (Models of Hope, Mentor Mothers, Case Managers and Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters (CATS)
  • Discuss the various cadre numbers, roles, responsibilities and working relationship
  • Solicit for support and partnership in the implementation to achieve overall goal of the Global Fund New Fund Model III project

These meetings were attended by Regional and Deputy Regional Health Directors, Metro, Municipal and District Heath Directors, Medical Superintendents of health facilities, Regional HIV Coordinators, Regional Data Officers, ART in-charges and midwives

In Ho, addressing the participants made up of Regional Health Directors, Municipal/District Directors of Health, Medical Superintendents, Midwives, Nurse in Charges, Data Officers and Regional HIV focal persons, the Executive Director of HFFG, Mrs Cecilia Senoo, said the NFMIII which has CHAG the Principal Recipient seeks to complement Ghana’s efforts to achieving the UNAIDS goal of achieving the 95-95-95 and ultimately ending HIV/AIDS. She said the HIV component of the Community Systems Strengthening intervention aims to Scale up quality HIV care cascade through community engagement and addressing human rights barriers.

She took participants through the various criteria and standards for selecting the volunteers like Models of Hope, Mentor Mother, Case Managers, Community Adolescents Treatment Supporters and Peer Paralegals as well as their roles and responsibilities.

Mrs Senoo urged the health professionals to continue to support HFFG to ensure the goals of the initiative are achieved in the regions.

The Deputy Volta Regional Director of Health, Dr Senanu Kwesi Dzokoto, in his address commended HFFG for organizing such an engagement in the region. He noted that there is a need for participants to work as a team to meet the 95-95- 95 HIV target for Ghana.

In the Ashanti Region, the Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Emmanuel Tinkorang also said for the 95-95-95 target to be achieved, the Ghana Health Service and CSOs need to work together closely to enhance output.

In the same light, Mrs Gifty Ofori-Ansah, the Director of Health Services, Ningo-Prampram also called for the need to intensify community actions to reduce HIV related stigma and discrimination in communities.

In the Bono region, Mr. Obeng Hinneh, the Regional HIV/TB coordinator who represented the Bono Regional Director of Health of health services praised HFFG for working closely with the Regional Health Directorates for effective implementation of projects.   

In general, the regional stakeholders meetings organized by HFFG as a Sub-Recipient under CHAG (Principal Recipient) were successful with all stakeholders pledging to support the intervention in their respective facilities and regions.

The Community Systems Strengthening initiative is an approach that promotes the development of informed, capable and coordinated communities, and community-based organizations, groups and structures. Under the initiative HFFG has established strong working partnerships with the Ghana Health Service structure at all levels- structures. Due to this, institutions like the National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP), National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and the National AIDS Control Program have provided technical support to the intervention which has reinitiated 19,656 HIV defaulters back on treatment and also helped identified 712 positive TB cases and still counting.

Under the Community Systems intervention of the WAPCAS/Global Fund NFM II intervention, 88 TB champions from 33 districts in 9 regions of Ghana were identified and empowered to undertake contact tracing, intensified case finding, DOT adherence counselling, follow-up on lost cases, drug monitoring at facilities, effective documentation and reporting. TB Champions from January 2019 to July 2020, were able to screen over 17,971 clients out of which 523 people from 6991 presume TB cases tested positive after going through TB testing at the various health facilities. Persons who tested positive were put on treatment.

TB Champions are persons who have been cured of TB and have dedicated their time and resources to serve as advocates in their communities to spread information on TB in order to get persons who might exhibit signs and symptoms of TB to get tested and if positive be enrolled on TB treatment.