Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) in Africa

On Wednesday, 21st April 2021, Millennium Promise Alliance in partnership with NAP+ Ghana, Young Health Advocates Ghana (YHAG) and Ghana Health Service with support from UNAIDS launched the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) project in Accra. The project is aimed at strengthening community engagement in the response to COVID-19 in Ghana over the next nine months.

As part of the launch, a 2-day training was organized for district and community facilitators to prepare them for undertaking community-based social and behaviour change activities on COVID-19 as well as on providing feedback on various aspects of COVID-19 measures.

The Director General of Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick K. Aboagye commended partners and stakeholders like MPA in the fight against the global pandemic, adding that the project represented a unique partnership among NGOs, UN Agencies, the Government and the communities to work together towards reducing infections.

The Executive Director for the Millennium Promise Alliance, Chief Nat Ebo Nsarko in his address said the partnership sought to help increase testing efforts and reduce COVID-19 transmission in Africa. He said the focus of the project in Ghana include social and behavior change interventions to trigger and sustain COVID-19 preventive behaviours, counter myths and misconceptions, reduce stigma and address vaccine hesitancy.

In attendance were the Country Director of UNAIDS Ghana, Madam Angela Treton-Mbonde; President of NAP+ Ghana, Madam Elsie Ayeh; the CEO of Hope for Future Generations, Mrs Cecilia Senoo, the Programme Manager of the National AIDS Control Programme, Dr Stephen Ayisi Addo; the Director of Technical Services at the Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr. Fred Nana Poku; and Madam Esi Nkoom, National School Health Education Coordinator, Ghana Education Service.