During the United Nations Special General Assembly Session on HIV and AIDS (UNGASS) (25th – 27th June 2001), 189 Members adopted the declaration of commitment including Ghana. The terms of the Declaration of the Commitment on HIV and AIDS response, is measured by the achievement of concrete time bound targets and was to be reported through the UNGASS Report.
A new political declaration was adopted by UN member states at the 2016 High Level Meeting on ending AIDS. This aimed at monitoring and reporting on the new targets which are structured around 10 Fast-Track areas/commitments and effectively responding to the AIDS epidemic. The annual progress report which is called the Global AIDS Monitoring (GAM) Report replaced the UNGASS report.
Consequently, another Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030 was adopted in June 2021. The 2021 Political Declaration on AIDS highlights the importance of identifying inequalities in order to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. This is also based on the Global AIDS Strategy 2021–2026 which uses an inequalities lens to identify and close gaps preventing progress towards ending AIDS.
Ghana through the Ghana AIDS Commission therefore commenced the process to provide an annual report through the 2022 GAM which covered activities implemented in 2021. The process involved a stakeholders meeting with government, private sector, civil society and development partners on 9th March, 2022 and a Stakeholder Consultative meeting for the completion of the National Commitments and Policy Instruments (NCPI) on 15th March, 2022. The NCPI is an integral component of GAM that aims to measure progress in developing and implementing policies, strategies and laws related to the HIV response. On the 29th March, 2022, stakeholders validated the findings of the GAM narrative report for onward submission to UNAIDS through the GAM online reporting tool.
GAC is grateful to UNAIDS, the team of consultants and all partners for their active participation in the 2022 GAM process. We look forward to continuous collaboration in future endeavours.
The Ghana AIDS Commission is a supra-ministerial and multi-sectoral body established under the Chairmanship of H. E. the President of the Republic of Ghana by Act 2016, Act 938 of Parliament. The objective of the Commission is to formulate policy on the HIV and AIDS epidemic and...find out more