The Brong-Ahafo Region has been identified in the 2014 Demographic and Health Survey as one of the most deprived regions in Ghana when it comes to access to reproductive health services by women and children.
In view of that, the Palladium (now Future Group) an NGO, in partnership with DFID has launched a project dubbed ‘Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health (GHARH)’ to be implemented in all the 27 Districts of the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The project which is expected to last for the period of three years started in 2014 and it is to end in 2017, with the UK Government providing Gh¢15 million for the Project.
At a start up meeting with the project NGO partners who are the implementing NGOs in Sunyani on Tuesday, the DFID Representative, Mr Shamwell Issah said, the objective of the project is to increase access to reproductive knowledge, information and service to Adolescents in the region.
According to Mr Issah, young girls and boys lack information about their sexual lives because the Ghanaian society frowns on the sharing of such information with young children.
He said, because parents do not share sexual information with their children, most of them learn from their peers, who take advantage of their ignorance and lure them into all manner of sexual activities which lead to teenage pregnancies.
The DFID Representative called for behavioural change towards sex education and also urged health care providers to make reproductive health services accessible including family planning and also make the health facilities friendly for the adolescents.
The Team Leader for the Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health Project, Mr David Z. Logan, stressed the need for strong partnership with the communities through the various NGOs and CBOs in order to use the existing community structures in executing the project so as to achieve the ultimate objectives of increasing access to reproductive health and reducing teenage pregnancy among young adolescents.
Mr Logan disclosed that, they would work together with government agencies, GES, GHS, MOH who provide services to women and young children to ensure a successful implementation of the project.
The implementing NGOs WILDAF, HFFG, MAP International,ISRAD and PPAG, were afforded the opportunity to do a presentation detailing plans and strategies for the implementation of the project.