ICASA Director/SAA Coordinator, Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, meets with Stakeholders in preparation for Blood donation exercise to commemorate the 2022 World AIDS Day Celebration

ICASA Director/SAA Coordinator, Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, meets with Stakeholders in preparation for Blood donation exercise to commemorate the 2022 World AIDS Day Celebration

The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) has decided to organise a blood donation drive in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2022 in Accra, Ghana. This is because the Permanent Secretariat of the Society for AIDS in Africa is based in Accra, Ghana. SAA is doing this blood donation drive as part of its civic social responsibility to help in strengthening the Ghanaian health system. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for people to donate blood on their own, which has made the problem worse. Hence, the need to compliment the effort of the government in addressing these challenges.

Nii Quao Donko II, Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, the ICASA Director/SAA Coordinator, Mr. Chris Kwasi Nuatro, Senior Marketing & Partnership officer Nii Quao Donko II, Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, the ICASA Director/SAA Coordinator, Mr. Chris Kwasi Nuatro, Senior Marketing & Partnership officer Nii Korle-Bu Sempe Mantse ll, Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, the ICASA Director/SAA Coordinator and the blood ambassador Edward Bannor Nii Korle-Bu Sempe Mantse ll, Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, the ICASA Director/SAA Coordinator and the blood ambassador Edward Bannor Ashaley Asuku II (Nii Mamprobi) and Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, the ICASA Director/SAA Coordinator Ashaley Asuku II (Nii Mamprobi) and Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, the ICASA Director/SAA Coordinator

In this regard, a team of ICASA International secretariat/SAA international Secreatariat paid a courtesy visit to three chiefs in the Ga community. Nii Quao Donko II, Nii Korle-Bu Sempe Mantse ll, and Ashaley Asuku II (Nii Mamprobi) were among the chiefs visited. The delegation of SAA secretariat was comprised of Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, the ICASA Director/SAA Coordinator, Mr. Chris Kwasi Nuatro, Senior Marketing & Partnership officer. The purpose of visiting these chiefs is in line with preparation for world AIDS day 1st December 2022, which will be celebrated in their communities by SAA organizing Blood donation exercise at the National Blood Services, Ghana premises in Korle Bu. The chiefs were ecstatic that the Society for AIDS in Africa had considered this initiative and chosen their communities for this important activity. The three chiefs gave permission for this activity to happen in their communities and offered their support and participation. The goal of this activity is to mobilise at least 1000 community members to donate blood; the blood ambassador, Edward Bannor, was very helpful in the planning of this programme at the community level.

Dr. Justina Kordai Ansah, Mr. David Ahiadzro and Mr Luc Armand Bodea Dr. Justina Kordai Ansah, Mr. David Ahiadzro and Mr Luc Armand Bodea Dr. Justina Kordai Ansah, Director of the National Blood Service, Mr Luc Armand Bodea, Chris K. Nuatro and Mr. David Ahiadzro, Acting Donor Services Manager Dr. Justina Kordai Ansah, Director of the National Blood Service, Mr Luc Armand Bodea, Chris K. Nuatro and Mr. David Ahiadzro, Acting Donor Services Manager

Furthermore, the ICASA Director/SAA Coordinator paid a visit to the National Blood Service in Ghana to inform them of his intention to collaborate with their institution in organising the blood donation drive. Dr. Justina Kordai Ansah, Director of the National Blood Service in Ghana, and her colleague, Mr. David Ahiadzro, Acting Donor Services Manager, were overjoyed at the news. They promised to offer all the support needed to make this project a reality for AIDS Day in December. Mr. Luc Armand Bodea promised to share the draft programme in the coming weeks so that inputs can be made into the draft programme. Following the meeting, Mr. David Ahiadzro showed the ICASA director around their office premises. A location was identified, where the blood donation programme will take place in December.

The World AIDS Day activity in Korle Bu will not only help to save lives by donating blood, but it will also help the community to know their HIV status and to get the proper needed care.