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Background

Ghana is one of the most stable countries in West Africa; even so, there are many pressing issues facing the nation. For example, access to education in Ghana falls far short of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education and access to primary and secondary schools for young girls is restricted. This gap can largely be attributed to the health and education challenges that threaten the social and economic development of Ghana's communities.

The rate of HIV infection within the general adult population (age 15-49) is around 1.9% (UNAIDS 2007), which is relatively low in comparison to other West African countries, but rates are much higher in high-risk groups. Despite relatively low prevalence, Ghana has critical HIV and AIDS needs, including:

  • reducing stigma around HIV
  • educating young people to make safe and healthy decisions
  • decreasing HIV transmission among high-risk groups and their partners
  • building the capacity of groups of people living with HIV (PLHIV) to access services and support

Government programs are complemented by community-based organizations offering critical education, health, and HIV prevention programming to schools and communities, but some of these organizations lack the technical and organizational capacity to deliver sustainable, successful programs.

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