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Organization Contact Information

Name: West Africa AIDS Foundation
Street 1: Plot 650, Ecomog Road, Haatso
Street 2:
City: Accra
Post Code:
Country: Ghana
Phone: +233243362447
Organization Email:
Web Site: http://
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: Naa Ashiley
Last Name: Vanderpuye - Donton
Title: CEO
Phone: +233 262262447

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mr
First Name: Eddie
Last Name: Donton
Title: Chairman
Phone: +233 244271983

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
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Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Organization Description:
The West Africa AIDS Foundation has been working in the field of HIV prevention, education, advocacy, research, treatment and care & support for the past 12 years in Ghana. with an onsite clinic managing predominantly HIV infected persons inclduing pregnant worman, we deal with TB, mostly HIV/TB co infection on a daily basis. we have therefore been involved in TB prevention, education, as well as management all these years too and continue to see both where help is needed most but also where the gaps lie and we believe that by joining the partnership, we could not only learn from you, we could share our experiences on the ground and together continue to look for ways to control TB.
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Specializations / Areas of Work

Delivery of health services and care
Technical Assistance

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 11 - 25
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 11 - 25
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 11 - 25
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in TB control provision
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Information on developments within the TB world
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: Ghana
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
As stated above, with an onsite clinic, focusing on infectious diseases and with over 90% of clients being HIV positive, TB is of concern to us. Asuch we conduct TB screenings on all our HIV positive clients visitng the clinic and ensure effective treatment as we are also a DOTs center. Follow up of clients to ensure adherence is of utmost importance. Apart from that TB prevention runs simultanously with all our HIV prevention work which goes from outreaches at the community levels all the way to staff/employees and dependants of various companies. with satellite offices/clinics in rural areas we focus on getting such HIV, TB and other infectious disease services to the doorsteps of people who are hard to reach.
Recently WAAF has scaled up its efforts in reaching the unreachable infected TB cases and is working closely with chemical shop owners, pharmacy shop owners and traditional authorities in detecting TB cases.

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Ghana
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)


Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
With onsite clinics, which are also DOTS centers and with more than 12 years of experience in the field of HIV and public health, WAAF has a lot to share in terms of first hand, on the ground experiences when it comes to treatment of TB. we know of the many constraints that exist in terms of referrals for hard to reach persons, the frustrations sometimes between government and private/CSO facilities, lack of TB medicines at certain levels of the health care system, making it difficult for some persons who need this to get this. with stories from the ground, making it possible for (past) TB clients to talk for themselves we want to ensure that DOTS is expanded and enhanced.

Drug-Resistant TB:
WAAF again will want to spearhead something in this area as this is a very critical one. for a long time Ghana has been pushing this away with the excuses that the country is not ready to handle such cases but the fact is that such cases are real and we have experienced this first hand and seen people die just for the fact that there was no treatment. if this will need special medical persons involved in TB to have capacity building in this field then we will advocate for that and at the same time start looking into some sustainable way of ensuring we do have the infrastructure and medicines to treat such cases and one way could be looking at coming up with some form of TB fund. WAAF intends to work with other CBO's with experience in this area to have a stronger voice so as to be taken seriously.

WAAF is very well experienced in this area. with an onsite clinic focusing on infectious diseases, TB/HIV is very common. over the years we have seen many PLHIV's die due to TB and this was because there was no effective synergy between the Ghana NTP and the Ghana NACP. this has changed over the years as the collaboration between these two have increased as well as the effort from many other organizations including CSO's. With the practical experience WAAF has, we intend going outside of what we do now (which has been more on improving service delivery for our clients and for which we have booked some successes) and moving on more into advocacy and using our experiences on the ground to change things that are not working and even this means changing policies. we also want to,even tough we have been doing this in a small way, build the capacity of infected persons/communities to be able to have them put a face to their problems and be able to make effective contributions at various important meetings since they are the best to tell the story.

Given the importance and difficulties currently experienced in Ghana in the areas of health, including TB, adequate health surveillance and the quality of service provider-client interaction is key. With onsite clinics, we have been monitoring such areas and currently WAAF is embarking on a project looking into the quality of care received by PLHIV’s which will not only lead to documented experiences by PLHIV’s but also WAAF will go a step further focusing on interventions that will change these negative practices. WAAF will want to duplicate this for TB in the near future. These studies/projects will allow for recommendations and/or important information for regional and national health policy decision making.


Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: September 21, 2012
Last updated: June 26, 2014