GHARH Project makes significant strides in six months

By Nana
Osei Kyeretwie, GNA

Abesim (B/A), Aug. 29, GNA – The Ghana
Adolescent Reproductive Health (GHARH) Project, an intervention to improve
adolescent access to Health information and utilization of quality reproductive
health services, has reached over 77,000 young people in Brong-Ahafo, with sexual
reproductive health (SRH) information, between January and June this year.

Through its multiple communication channels,
including the popular TV series programme, “YOLO” that figure of the target
group were reached in the Brong Ahafo Region, where the DFID – funded project,
started in 2014, is being implemented.

Mr. Moses Nanang, the Brong-Ahafo Regional
Representative of Palladium Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO)
collaborating with other Ghanaian partners in the implementation of the GHARH
Project, said on Monday.

Within the same period, he said, over 63,000
young people also received various sexual and reproductive health services
through different platforms such as adolescent health corners, school health
clubs and outreach points.

He was speaking at the opening of a five-day
Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive
Health (ASRH), jointly organised by Palladium and the School of Public Health,
University of Ghana for 65 participants, at Abesim, near Sunyani.

It brought together participants mainly from
the Brong-Ahafo with only two from the Ashanti Region and they included
representatives of five NGOs, the Ministry of Health/Ghana Health Service
(MoH/GHS), National Population Council (NPC) and the National Youth Authority
(NYA).

The rest were from the Ghana Education Service
(GES) and a representative each from the Health Directorates of the eight
Municipalities and 19 Districts in the region, as well as three representatives
from the Regional Health Directorate and a six-member team from the School of
Public Health.

The objective was to equip collaborative
partners of the Project at the district and regional levels, with the requisite
knowledge and skills to effectively plan, implement and manage ASRH Programmes.

Mr. Nanang said the over-all goal of the
DFID-funded GHARH Project was among other things to strengthen the capacity of
Government of Ghana to manage and implement ARH programmes at all levels.

“Towards meeting that goal since its inception
in 2014, the project had supported various capacity building efforts for over
6,600 individuals including programme managers, teachers, healthcare
professionals and peer educators”, he added. 

Mr. Nanang said the Project’s implementation
would end in March 2017 and added that sustaining the gains chalked under it
was crucial as funding would be required by the partners in the districts to
maintain some level of activities.

He therefore appealed to government through
the Municipal/District Assemblies and other agencies to prioritize adolescent
health issues by budgeting adequately for them.

Dr. Osei Kuffour Afreh, Deputy Brong-Ahafo
Regional Director in-charge of Public Health said Palladium’s presence in the
Region had been very beneficial because besides capacity building and awareness
creation, 54 adolescent health corners had been established and handed over to
the GHS. 

He charged the Municipal/District Health
Directorates to endeavour to use the corners for their intended purposes and
also directed them to integrate adolescent health services into their routine
health services programmes to sustain the Project.

Professor Augustine Ankomah of the School of
Public Health and Coordinator for the Training stressed the need for stronger
and effective partnership to achieve the goals of the Project to address the
issue of adolescent and teenage pregnancies which was real not only in the
Brong-Ahafo Region but a national developmental challenge.

GNA

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