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USAID Leadership Visits the Care Continuum Project

September 11, 2017

Following a successful first program implementation year, the USAID Strengthening the Care Continuum Project welcomed the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the U.S. Embassy to Ghana, Melina Tabler Stone, during an August visit to project sites in Ghana’s Eastern Region.

The Project, implemented by JSI Research & Training in partnership with the Population Council, is improving the capacity of the Government of Ghana and its partners to provide quality and comprehensive HIV services, and reducing stigma and discrimination in health settings for key populations and people living with HIV (PLHIV). These key populations include men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender persons, sex workers (FSW), and their partners.

DCM Stone visited government hospitals that serve as referral sites where PLHIV, including key populations, receive HIV and STI treatment, care, and support. The Care Continuum is dedicated to reducing discrimination in settings like these in order to increase enrollment in and adherence to treatment among key populations to achieve viral suppression. Key populations are critical to reaching the ambitious 90-90-90 goals of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS: by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained ART; and 90% of all people receiving ART will have durable viral suppression.

DCM Stone also met with two Ghanaian organizations, WAAF and 4-H Ghana, which receive customized technical assistance as grantees under the Care Continuum. The Project is building the organizations’ capacities to implement activities targeting MSM and FSW in New Juaben and Lower Manya districts of the Eastern Region.

While speaking to journalists, DCM Stone pledged continuous support to the fight against HIV and expressed admiration for the strong results of a decade of U.S. government partnership with the Government of Ghana to improve the lives of Ghanaians through PEPFAR Ghana.

“As the flagship PEPFAR key populations program in Ghana, the Care Continuum is appreciative of the DCM's support which has strengthened our resolve to continue to work harder in support of the government's effort in achieving epidemic control in Ghana." said Henry Nagai, chief of party for the Care Continuum.

Read more about JSI’s work with key populations.