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Press Release

November 26, 2012

JICA Supports Training for HIV Testing & Counseling and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission

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The Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate will organize a workshop in Accra from November 26th to 30th in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). This will be the forth batch of the training. This training is held by Regional Health Directorate with JICA health experts from Ghana-JICA joint Project for Strengthening Operational Capacity of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT). Participants such as midwives, nurses, and pharmacists were drawn to partake in the training exercise to equip the skill and knowledge about HIV-AIDS transmission from mother to child for practical use as well as HIV Testing and counseling.

The first batch was from November 5th to 9th. The second and third batch training was held at the Ada Health Centre in the Dangme East area from November 12th to 23rd.

On November 8th, there was field training session of first batch training at the Ridge Hospital in Accra. Trainees practiced HIV testing & counseling with clients who came for antenatal care.

Ms. Juliana Sifah, HIV Supervisor and Assistant Coordinator in the Greater Accra Region said; "The objective of the training is to provide skills to enable participants to effectively counsel clients."

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Ms. Helen-Mary Bainson, Deputy Director of Nursing Services in the Greater Accra Region said; "I hope this training helps to skill up their PMTCT so they could identify more HIV-positive clients accurately and then, help reduce mother-to-child transmission. I also hope that it contributes to better documentation of the services for proper report to the government."

Mr. Hussey David, Pharmacy Assistant at the Princess Marie Louise Children's Hospital said; "Today, we went to the field and conducted HIV tests to patients. This kind of field training is so useful and I think I can practice it after the training." Ms. Beatrice Adama Iddrisu, Senior Nursing Officer of Public Health in Ussher Polyclinic said; "I want to acquire the knowledge on how to counsel clients, take them to the test to enable the clients to know their status and give treatment to reduce the virus potency so the lives of infected patients are prolonged. I always work with pregnant women in community. If I could get more knowledge, I could encourage them."

Ms. Etsuko Yamaguchi, JICA expert said; "I hope they would effectively use what they learned in the training when they get back to their workplaces to provide quality PMTCT services so that a lot of mothers and babies to be born would be able to benefit."

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