Accra, Feb. 24, 2012 – The Ghana Aids Commission celebrated its 10th anniversary by having it’s first ever National HIV/AIDS Fair held at the Accra Convention Center. The Executive Director of the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Mr Michel Sidibe on Wednesday arrived in the country for a three-day state visit to mark the 10th anniversary of the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC).
We were in attendance for the duration of the 3 days with a front booth proudly displaying our various field materials, and informational material to be distributed and viewed by the public at the convention center. By popular demand, during the 3 days at the Convention Center we held numerous female and male condom demonstrations to an eager public. The crowds were diverse, ranging from entire secondary school classes, to men and women who serve Ghana in the military. During the fair, we also frequently found ourselves being engaged in Q&A sessions with those who stopped by our booth to learn about Pro-Link.
Since 1993 as an organization we have been committed to advocating for the most vulnerable in Ghana. Currently to combat HIV/AIDS, we are coordinating 4 programs: our Sharper and (ADRA/Global Fund ) projects which aims to reduce the susceptibility of MARPS (FSW,NPP,MSM) to HIV/AIDS infections, our project Addressing The Gender Related Aspects Of HIV/ AIDS partnered with (DAIDA) and the (GAC), and also our Gender HIV Project with Gender Center .
At Pro-Link we can proudly say that we have contributed to the success that Ghana has experienced in it’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The International HIV/AIDS Fair was a great experience for us at Pro-Link, we were able to network, distribute crucial information to the public, and also reflect on how far we have come as an organization. We are looking forward to continuing our work fighting HIV/AIDS, and we are also looking forward to continuing our work with the (GAC) in the future.