Ghana Health Declaration Form - A Way Forward "Ghana Health Declaration Form." This is a legal statement by the government of Ghana, reflecting its commitment to achieving an AIDS-free nation. The Health Declaration is one part of the Global AIDS declaration. I'd like to have a minute to discuss what the HIV/AIDS announcement means for Ghana. It basically says that the government of Ghana has decided to have a public health approach to AIDS, and is dedicated to execute an action plan according to those plans. To put it differently, they will make sure that there are no gaps in protection and treatment. Now let's look at the Ghana health declaration form. There are eight important columns of action that it addresses. They are: To execute an effective public health program, ensuring access to quality health services; supplying access to economic and social programs aimed at enhancing the status of girls and young men; employ programs focused on tribal and rural people; ensure that HIV/AIDS incidence is reduced among the different groups of individuals; work towards creating an environment that encourages family planning; and, execute policies that reduce poverty and increase access to higher education. By looking closely at these in the context of Ghana, we can see a few interesting gaps in coverage which could be addressed. The first pillar is to implement a successful public health program. So, how does this fit in with the Ghanaian version? In Accra, the mind of each district or"neighborhood wellness office" could have responsibility for coordinating all of the different health sectors within their region of responsibility. For instance, say you had a disease outbreak in the rural sector of Ghana. If your local health office didn't match with the General Medical Council of Ghana, or the Department of Public Health, and in case your county was not included in the national roll out, you wouldn't be able to get an HIV/AIDS test result, or some form of cheap AIDS medication. How could this fit in the context of a certification process? Well, the Ghanaian Government has drawn up a five year plan for AIDS prevention and therapy called the Accra Compact. The compact provides for testing and treatment centers which are accredited by the Ghanaian Ministry of Health and is supported by ministries of the Federal Government as well as by non-government organizations and individuals. This is simply one example of how the Ghana Government is integrating itself with the community to deal with the issue of STD and HIV. It is also providing aid to the nationwide roll from this very long excursion program that includes instructions for communities to implement safety measures like washing hands thoroughly before drinking out of any body of water and for teachers to inform students about safe sex. These statements, while very fundamental in nature may be a catalyst for other initiatives on the long trip schedule. For instance, a pupil in my clinic in Accra recently came out with all the bold statement"I'll see what I can do to make this trip a success". This statement caught my attention because, to my understanding, no black pupil in any portion of the world has ever made such an explicit commitment to some cause, especially one focused on finishing a lengthy excursion via a third world nation. In his announcement he went on to say that he was going to keep all his personal hygiene problems in mind, not go swimming where his bare feet were subjected to water. In addition, he said he was going to be sure he didn't use any of the many free practices that are in presence in Ghana. He went on to say he was conscious that there were no doctors available to assist him should he get sick or some other medical aid was needed.

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