The International Health Care Centre (IHCC) in collaboration with MTN Ghana Foundation has taken another giant step by organizing HIV/AIDS education and screening for traders at Medina market in Accra

The screening which fell on World AIDS Day on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 saw massive turn- up as the people were craving to check their HIV/AIDS status as a result of the sensitization they had from International Health Care Centre (IHCC) that day.

The 30th anniversary of the World AIDS Day also coincided with the 20th anniversary of IHCC”.

According to the National AIDS Control Programme, at the end of 2017, Ghana had an estimated 315,000 People living with HIV (PLHIV) with around 100,000 being on treatment and an enrollment rate of only 30% whilst the prevalence rate of HIV among the youth aged 15 -24 years is increasing in the country.

Ms. Barbara Owusu, Communication and Learning Manager of IHCC, made this known in exclusive with News Ghana during the health screening .

According to her, it is in this regard, that the UN global 90-90-90 target for HIV Management is that 90% of those living with HIV should know their status, 90% of those who know their status should be linked to care/treatment and 90% of those linked to care should attain viral load suppression by 2020.

Stressing that , Viral Load Suppression among PLHIV’s is critical in the battle against HIV-AIDS because low viral loads translate into lower probability of transmitting the virus to other people and this will ultimately help in the complete elimination of HIV-AIDS by 2030.

“The clarion call on 2018 World AIDS DAY is for all stakeholders to get involved in encouraging as many Ghanaians living with HIV to get tested and treated in order to attain viral load suppression.

At the end of today’s event we are expecting over 500 people to be screened to help them know their HIV status,” she added.

IHCC is an adaptive organization and this partnership with MTN exemplifies our dedication to providing access to health services for all but especially vulnerable, poor and marginalized populations.

The Economic Empowerment Portfolio Advisor of MTN Ghana Foundation, Mrs Cynthia Mills, noted that as part efforts to ensure that most people know their HIV status, to champion the cause of the UN’s global 90-90-90 target for HIV; they decided to collaborate with International Health Care Centre (IHCC) to HIV/AIDS education and screening for traders at Medina market.

According to her, MTN Ghana will continue to invest in Corporate Social Investment that will brighten lives across our communities in Ghana.

About MTN Ghana Foundation

The MTN Ghana Foundation was established in November 2007 as the vehicle to select and implement MTN’s Corporate Social Investments. MTN Ghana Foundation has three areas of focus -Health, Education and Economic Empowerment. From inception to December 2017, the Foundation had undertaken 142 major projects across the country.

Notable health projects include: construction of a Neonatal Care Center for Tamale Teaching Hospital, refurbishment of the 2nd floor maternity block of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, construction of a maternity block for Ejisu Government Hospital, and construction of an Emergency Center for Atua Government Hospital.

About the International Health Care Centre

Founded in 1998, the International Health Care Centre commenced operations as one of the very first hospice centres in Ghana dedicated to full-blown AIDS patients. With increasing accessibility to antiretrovirals, the facility shifted focus to becoming an outpatient clinic, offering a full spectrum of first line medical services.

Although the facility now provides general medical care, it maintained its focus on caring for Persons Living with HIV and became one of the accredited Antiretroviral Therapy Sites in Ghana.

The Clinic has continued to work with numerous local and international partners including the Ghana AIDS Commission, the National AIDS Control Programme, the Ghana Health Services to offer affordable and quality health care to Ghanaians.

Other services provided by IHCC include women’s preventive health, family planning, general medicine, vaccinations and the provision of laboratory services. The vision of IHCC is, “a world where everyone has access to affordable and quality health care.”

The Center currently cares for over 1,400 HIV clients in Haatso, Accra and has received a number of awards for its commitment to affordable medical service. For more information on the International Health Care Centre, visit this website http://ihcc

Source:Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh

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