February 6, 2013
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with the National AIDS/STI Control Programme (NACP) and the Greater Accra Regional Health Administration organized a workshop for Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) – Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Message Creation in the Republic of Ghana.
The workshop was held from 4th to 6th February in 2013 in Hillburi, Aburi. The participants were PMTCT counsellors working at the selected health service facilities, technical staff concerned with PMTCT-IEC from NACP, Family Health Division (FHD), Health Promotion Department, Ghana Health Service (GHS), Greater Accra Regional Health Administration, and the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC).
The objectives of the workshop were:
The JICA project team coordinated the workshop. The team divided approximately 30 participants into 3 groups and allocated a PMTCT message concept for each group. These message concepts were developed based on the National Guidelines of PMTCT. Based on the message concepts, participants actively discussed and sharedideas in the groups and created message options which would be used in the IEC tools development as well as the counsellors' routine work.
One of the participants said, "This workshop is a very good opportunity for us to develop our capacity on IEC activities for PMTCT." The participants exercised creative initiative at the workshop. They made the message option sample list on PMTCT as an output of the workshop.
The objective of this project is that the administrative system of providing PMTCT-IEC services is strengthened in the Greater Accra Region. The IEC tools to facilitate the PMTCT services are placed as important outputs in this project. After the workshop, the Japanese experts and their Ghanaian counterparts will collect real lie episodes from mothers living with HIV, their family members and counsellors to develop a story for IEC tools.