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"Ghana Health Declaration Form." This is a valid declaration by the government of Ghana, representing its commitment to achieving an AIDS-free country. The Health Declaration is one part of the international AIDS declaration. I'd like to take a moment to talk about what the HIV/AIDS announcement means for Ghana. It essentially says that the government of Ghana has decided to have a public health approach to AIDS, and is dedicated to execute an action plan based on these plans. To put it differently, they are going to make certain that there are no gaps in protection and treatment.

Now let us look at the Ghana health declaration form. There are eight key columns of activity it addresses. They are: To execute an effective public health system, ensuring access to quality health services; supplying access to economic and social programs aimed at improving the status of girls and young guys; implement programs focused on tribal and rural people; ensure that HIV/AIDS incidence is reduced among different groups of people; work towards creating an environment that promotes family planning; also, implement policies which reduce poverty and improve access to higher education. By looking carefully at these in the context of Ghana, we could see some interesting gaps in coverage which could be addressed.

The first column would be to implement an effective public health program. So, how does this fit in with all the Ghanaian version? In Accra, the mind of every district or"neighborhood wellness office" would have responsibility for coordinating all the different health sectors within their region of responsibility. For example, say you had a disease outbreak in the rural sector of Ghana. If your local health office didn't coordinate with the General Medical Council of Ghana, or the Department of Health, and in case your county was not included in the national roll out, you wouldn't have the ability to get an HIV/AIDS test outcome, or some form of cheap AIDS medication.

How could this fit in the context of an accreditation procedure? Well, the Ghanaian Government has drawn up a five year program for AIDS prevention and therapy known as the Accra Compact. The compact provides for treatment and testing centers that are accredited by the Ghanaian Ministry of Health and is supported by ministries of the Federal Government as well as by non-government associations and people. This is just 1 example of how the Ghana Government is integrating itself with the neighborhood to deal with the issue of STD and HIV. It's also providing aid to the nationwide roll out of the very long trip program that includes directions for communities to implement safety measures like washing hands thoroughly before ingesting from any body of water and also for teachers to inform students about safe sex.

These statements, although very fundamental in character might be a catalyst for other initiatives on the long excursion agenda. By way of example, a student 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 announcement caught my attention since, to my understanding, no black pupil in any portion of the world has ever made this explicit commitment to a cause, especially one focused on finishing a lengthy excursion through a third world nation.

In his statement he went on to state he was planning to maintain all his personal hygiene problems in mind and not go swimming where his bare feet had been exposed to water. He also said that he was going to be sure he didn't utilize any of the numerous free practices in presence in Ghana. He went on to state he was conscious there were no doctors available to help him should he get sick or some other medical aid was needed.