The Hope for Future Generations, a non-governmental organization in Accra hosted a ceremony in Accra on Wednesday.
The Young Health Advocates (YHAG) climaxed its first year anniversary at the ceremony, calling for an end to stigmatization against them. The YHAG is an association consisting of young people living with HIV and AIDS in Ghana.
The association also called for the inclusion of the health needs of young people with HIV in the national development plan. Miss Priscilla Ama Addo, the National President of the YHAG, said antiretroviral shortages and self-stigma served as barriers to accessing health care. Also many young people with HIV are not on antiretroviral medication.
The YHAG was established to give young people living with HIV a forum to voice out their concerns, and also the opportunity to access the necessary services.
The formation of the YHAG started with fourteen members, now the number has grown to over three hundred in five regions. Young people who lived in fear and self-stigma have now found friendship in each other as we come together to learn and share experiences. Miss Addo explained.
“The formation of the YHAG was made possible by support from global fund to fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria”. Miss Cecilia Lodonu, the Executive Director of HFFG narrated.
Miss Lodonu also spoke highly of the French Embassy in Ghana, who donated Ghc 20,000.00 to support establishment of YHAG offices.
Miss Elsie Ayeh, National President of National Association of People Living with HIV in Ghana, advised young people to take their medications regularly and also access the services of the National Youth Authority.