Recent studies indicate that Ghanaian women are three times more likely to be HIV+ than their male counterparts. Negative gender norms and inequalities reduce women’s power and choices, thereby fueling the spread of HIV. Pro-Link is creating and increasing demand, and expanding access to quality prevention and treatment services to reduce new HIV infections to help counteract these negative norms. Funded by DANIDA through Ghana AIDS Commission, Pro-Link is currently implementing a project with the aim of addressing and reducing the gender related aspects of HIV in 60 communities from 6 Districts: Fanteakwa, Lower Manya Krobo, Kumasi, Obuasi, Dangme East and Dangme West.
The target groups for the gender-related aspects of HIV project are community members, in and out of school youth, survivors of sexual violence, people living with HIV, as well as traditional and religious leaders.
The objective of this programme is to create demand and expand access to high quality and well-integrated sexual and reproductive health services in order to reduce new infection among women and girls especially as well as their male counterparts in the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Eastern regions of Ghana.
Through 10 Mummies and 10 Daddies Clubs in each community, for a total of 120 clubs, Pro-Link has reached 179,973 community members with information on gender rights and legal literacy in the context of HIV/AIDS. In addition, Pro-Link trained 30 out-of-school youth who reached 186,789 of their out-of school peers, and an additional 30 in-school youth who reached 68,917 in-school youth with information on sexual and reproductive health rights including sexual violence and post-exposure prophylaxis.
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