The United Nations designated the 1st of December each year as "World AIDS Day" and is commemorated worldwide. This year's World AIDS Day (WAD) will be commemorated in Ghana on Monday, 2nd December, 2013 at the Jubilee Park, Wa in the Upper West Region. The day reminds us of the devastating impact of the HIV and AIDS epidemic on the nation and enables us to reflect on our contributions and commitments to a sustained and effective response to HIV and AIDS.The Global theme for this year's World AIDS Day is "Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination, Zero AIDS-Related Deaths" to advance global progress in achieving set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, halt and reverse the spread of HIV and contribute to the achievement of the MDG 6 by 2015.
Ghana has chosen the sub-theme: "Getting to Zero: Accelerating the national HIV response towards the MDG's" to emphasise its determination to meet the targets.
Her Excellency the First Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Lordina Dramani Mahama, Vice Chairperson of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against AIDS and Ghana's Premier Ambassador on the UNAIDS Global Response for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child-Transmission of HIV and Keeping Mothers Alive, launched the 2013 World AIDS Day at Mantse Agbonaa, James Town-Accra to commence a month long period of activities to culminate in the national commemoration.A national durbar will be held on Monday, 2nd December, 2013, at the Jubilee Park in Wa, Upper West Region. His Excellency, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana and Vice Chairman of the Ghana AIDS Commission will address the durbar. This will be preceded by Islamic prayers on Friday, November 29, 2013 and an inter-denominational church service on Sunday, 1st December, 2013 in Wa, the Upper West Region. There will be commemorative activities across all the other 9 regions nationwide to mobilise funds for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Highlights of activities include: I. Sensitisation of Ghanaians to the benefits of HIV testing and counselling II. Community engagement by the Heart-to-Heart Ambassadors III. Visit of Heart-to-Heart Ambassadors to Antenatal Clinics in the Greater Accra Region *GAC Working actively and in partnership towards elimination of HIV and AIDS*