Ms Nancy Ansah, Registrar of Regent University College of Science and Technology has handed over as President of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA) Ghana. She held this position for four years (two consecutive terms). Earlier on she was Vice President of the same non-governmental organization for two terms.
Present at her handing over ceremony were dignitaries including Dr. Joseph Amuzu, The Director of Policy Planning of the Ghana AIDS Commission, who represented the Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, a Representative of the Minister of Gender and Social Protection; Representatives of the Country Representative, UNAIDS; The Country Representative of UNFPA and Heads of various organizations.
During her tenure, Ms. Ansah led SWAA Ghana to raise over Two Million Ghana Cedis with contributions from various international organizations including Global Fund, the Ghana AIDS Commission, UNFPA, US government, USAID, the Female Health Company, Global Fund for Women, Marie Stopes International etc. in implementing various projects on HIV and sexual reproductive health.
With these funds SWAA Ghana reached out to thousands of people including HIV positive women, grassroots women, Kayayei, young people, truck pushers and decision makers with HIV prevention information, HIV testing and Counseling, family planning education and referral services, female condom promotion and advocacy.
Under Ms. Ansah’s leadership, SWAA members also participated in various international conferences including The International Human Rights Conference organized by the African Commission on Human and People Rights, International Conference on the Female Condoms in the Netherlands, The 19th International AIDS conference in Washington DC; A workshop on Female Condoms and Family Planning in Ethiopia, 2013; and the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) held in Ethiopia in 2011, among others. For the first time, SWAA Ghana exhibited at the just ended XX International AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia. At such conferences, SWAA Ghana had participated in international level advocacy on women and sexual reproductive health and also networked for fund raising and technical support exchange.
During Ms. Ansah’s tenure of office, SWAA Ghana purchased land for the proposed SWAA office complex at Oyibi with contribution from the Ghana AIDS Commission, members and The Global Fund for Women. SWAA also acquired a four wheel vehicle (Honda Pilot) for the business of SWAA Ghana.
Ms Nancy Ansah in her interview, expressed her sincere gratitude and thanks to Prof. Kingsley Larbi, President and CEO of Regent University College of Science and Technology and the entire Regent community for their support and prayers.
We congratulate her on a successful tenure and wish her all the best in her role as Registrar at Regent University College of Science and Technology.