Annual Report on Improving Access to HIV Testing and Treatment Services in Ghana
The Ghana – Togo – Nigeria Collaboration project is a two (2) year innovative intervention that places pediatric HIV Testing at the center of the 90-90-90 global target. The project seeks to ensure that 90% of most at risk children (0-17yrs) living in target townships and localities in Ghana, Togo and Nigeria test for HIV and knows their status. The implementation of the project interventions commenced on the 15th of July, 2019. This annual report thus seeks to highlight the activities implemented over the 12-month period and the results achieved in comparison to targets set for the year. The report is a summary of key activities implemented by the three (3) collaborating partner organizations in Ghana, Togo and Nigeria. The implementation of the activities specifically targets children of sex workers, HIV Positive Mothers as well as TeenMothers. The strategy is focused on catalyzing early infant diagnosis (EID) for HIV-exposed infants through effective targeting whilst also facilitating the testing of all children of adults receiving any HIV service (PMTCT, Care, ART) through facility or home-based index case testing as well as promoting testing of all children and adolescents attending TB clinics, malnutrition services, and/or admitted to the pediatric ward in target clinics/localities. The interventions are anchored on the C3 strategy which provides a two prong approach to meeting the unmet need for pediatric HIV Testing Services. The Clinic Based Testing (CBT) and Family/Household Level Testing (FLT) have been vigorously implemented.