NEWS

Partnership with Beyond the Pivot (BTP)

Oct 27th/2015

True Vision Ghana in collaboration with Beyond the Pivot (BTP 2015) GoToAfrica Project team has constructed an eight unit’s seater easy toilet for St. Cecelia JHS. The facility is serving a population of over nine hundred (900) pupils’ and twenty – seven teaching staff. The facility is also opened to the St. Cecelia parish and Sumbo community.

True Vision Ghana as the local organization mobilized labor from the community and the school for free to excavate the manholes while BTP team financed the material cost of the entire project. It is estimated to value about 11,000.00 Ghana Cedis. The team also presented sanitary soap and treated Mosquito Nets to further promote hygiene.

The project brought a bigger smile on the faces of the pupils’, school teachers and the members of the community. St. Cecelia school for several years have been battling with poor and deprived sanitary conditions as remarked by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Chairman, who described the intervention as timely and miraculous. The headmistress of the school expressed her profound gratitude to the team and bemoaned the past when pupils trooping to the bush to ease themselves were not only littering and polluting the school compound but also risking the dangers of snake bikes and insect attacks.

Other guest speakers who grace the occasion of the handing over, representing the Community, the municipal Assembly for the Municipal Chief Executive , the Municipal Director of Ghana Education office and Media expressed their appreciation for the collaborative effort of TVG and BTP Team. They used the opportunity to appeal for more interventions for the school infrastructure through the Parish Council, the Municipal Assembly who represent the government, the PTA and other Donors.

TVG representative, Mr. Ishmael Madah in his speech appealed to the school authorities to take proper care of the facility. He also humbly appealed to authorities present to help sustain TVG effort to help the Orphans and wished BTP a deeper collaboration in the future.

More information about BTP can be found here:

http://www.hibtp.org/


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Scientists See Mechanism for Spontaneous HIV “Cure”

Nov 13th/2014

For the estimated 230,000 Ghanians living with HIV/AIDS, including about 31,000 children, a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infection may offer hope for both protection from HIV and perhaps even a cure.

Scientists at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research believe they have discovered the genetic mechanism present in two male patients who were “spontaneously cured” of HIV, the virus which causes AIDS. One of them was infected with HIV over 30 years ago, but neither experienced AIDS symptoms. The researchers concluded that this was likely due to the stimulation of the APOBEC enzyme in both men which altered the coding of HIV DNA, rendering the virus unable to replicate.

According to the team behind the study:

“The work opens up therapeutic avenues for a cure, using or stimulating this enzyme, and avenues for identifying individuals among newly-infected patients who have a chance of a spontaneous cure.”

Looking ahead, the researchers do not believe that “spontaneous cure” is a new or unique phenomenon and call for large scale sequencing of human DNA, especially from Africans with the longest exposure to HIV, in order to support this theory. They hope their findings will give rise new and innovative approaches to dealing with this disease.

Those unfortunate enough to be affected by HIV/AIDS, both in Ghana and throughout the world, can only share in that hope.

Read more here:  http://news.yahoo.com/scientists-mechanism-spontaneous-hiv-cure-111655252.html

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The Hunt for Hidden HIV Has a New Weapon

Nov 10th/2014

Scientists from the Salk Institute have discovered a previously unidentified mechanism involved in the replication of HIV. They have detected an enzyme responsible for activating HIV from its latent state, which causes the HIV replication process to begin. HIV’s persistence in the body is due to its ability to remain dormant and undetectable. Currently there are many effective antiretroviral drugs that are successful in eliminating HIV, but they can only attack the HIV viruses that they can detect. Therefore, there is always some dormant HIV present after these drugs are used, which causes a repeat of this cycle. The recently identified enzyme Ssu72 has been found to interact with another already known protein ‘tat’ (trans activator transcription) to awaken dormant samples of the virus. This is extremely important as by modifying this interaction between tat and Ssu72 we can stop the replication of HIV, potentially creating a more permanent and effective treatment for HIV.

Read more here: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-hunt-for-hidden-hiv-has-a-new-weapon

Bibliography

Byrne, Michael. “The Hunt for Hidden HIV Has a New Weapon.” Motherboard. N.p., 25 Oct. 2014. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.

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Spotlight on: Dr. Angela El-Adas (Director General of GAC)

Oct 28th/2014

Dr. Angela El-Adas, Director General of Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), has said the country’s new HIV infection had been reduced by 66 per cent over the last ten years. She said the significant decrease had made the country the highest reduction of HIV infection in West and Central Africa adding that the AIDS in the country had reduced by over 30 per cent.