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AIDS donors will stop if Ghana passes anti LGBTQ+ bill – Director of Ghana AIDS Commission warns » GhBase•com™

The Ghana AIDS Commission has warned that Ghana’s fight against the deadly virus will suffer should Parliament pass the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021 in its current state.

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According to the Commission’s Director-General, Kyeremeh Atuahene, the Bill in its current state will force donors to withdraw critical funding for the management of the infection.

Mr Atuahene, taking his turn before Parliament’s committee holding a public hearing on the LGBTQ+ Bill, noted that HIV/AIDS programme is largely funded by donors, and their withdrawal will jeopardise the disease’s response.

“Donor funding for the HIV response covers the HIV and TB services for men who have sex with men and transgender people.

“These health services have nothing to do with the activities the Bill seeks to proscribe but may be construed to be if the Bill is passed in its current form. Donors will [therefore] withdraw their funding if they are criminalized by this Bill,” he said on Thursday.

In August, eight parliamentarians jointly submitted a private bill to push for the criminalisation of LGBTQ+ activities in the country.

The proponents also want the promotion, advocacy, funding, and acts of homosexuality to be forbidden in the country.

The Bill is currently with the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament.

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