Light for Children February 2010 Report

24th April 2010

Written by Rhianydd Griffith, Ex-LIFOC volunteer ( and the LiFoC team

Light for Children February 2010 Report

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United Nations says mother-to-child HIV can be eliminated by 2015

The United Nations says mother-to-child HIV transmission can be eliminated by 2015 if health programs receive increased investments as planned.

Michel Sidibe, the head of UNAIDS, appealed to governments and private donors to keep investing in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.  “We have seen that it is possible to virtually eliminate infant HIV infections in high-income countries through HIV testing of pregnant women, contraception, and the use of antiretroviral drugs during and after delivery,” Mr. Sidibé said. “Now we must apply the knowledge and tools to create an AIDS-free generation in Africa and the rest of the world.

“The move towards universal prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission requires translating scientific evidence into routine practice. With a concerted effort, we can fully curb the mother-to-child transmission of HIV and bear witness as an HIV-free generation is born in Africa and the world,” he added.

Michel D. Kazatchkine, the Global Fund’s executive director, said last month that “it is also now possible to imagine a world with no more malaria deaths.”

The Global Fund is met in The Hague, Netherlands, on March 24 to examine how it can meet its goals eliminating or reducing instances of the three diseases by 2015.  It estimates that between $13-20 billion are needed for the period 2011-2013.

The Ghana AIDS Commission is the coordinating body for all HIV/AIDS-related activities in the country. Ghana’s goal is to prevent new HIV infections as well as to mitigate the socioeconomic and psychological effects of HIV/AIDS on individuals, communities, and the nation. Multilateral and bilateral partners, nongovernmental organizations (including LIFOC) and civil society organizations actively participate in the national response with more than 2,500 community-based organizations and NGOs reportedly implementing HIV/AIDS activities in Ghana

Light for Children Activities

New Arrivals

On the 18th February, another Swedish volunteer arrived to volunteer with LIFOC, along with Canadian volunteer Jazmine Drost who assisted on the child sexual assault prevention programme.

School Presentations

Light for Children visited Asokwa Presbyterian Junior High School on 17th February to carry out its HIV/AIDS awareness campaign using the illustrated Journey of Hope presentation.

The group, including Dutch volunteer Claudia, also visited Chirapatre M/A Junior High School over the course of the month with the same presentation and the message that the students must make positive life choices if they are to achieve their ambitions.

On 20th February the monthly socialization meeting between LIFOC

and the caregivers of the children LIFOC supports was organized.


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