Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF), a human right Non-Governmental Organization in working for the betterment of the poor in society is to partner with the Presbyterian Midwifery Training College at Dormaa-Ahenkro to intensify public awareness on family planning services in the Dormaa Central Municipality.
The move is to help increase young people access to family planning services in order to reduce teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion in the area.
According to recent Ghana News Agency report, teenage pregnancy is alarming in Dormaa Central Municipality. The report which was published by the Daily Graphic on Monday 9th Edition of paper said the Dormaa Central Municipal health Directorate recorded 382 cases of teenage pregnancy from January to March 2014.
According to the same report, 62 of the pregnant girls attempted unsafe abortions which had resulted in various health complications
The Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF), Mr Raphael Godlove Ahenu, Jnr announced this at a debate organized by Student Representative Council in collaboration with Global Media Foundation on the Topic: ‘Comprehensive Abortion Care should be Encouraged’
The debate forms part of activities to commemorate this year’s SRC Week celebration of the College which was on the theme ‘Every Mother and Child Count’
He observed that many pregnant girls opted for unsafe abortion because it is not easy for them to access safe abortion services due to stigmatization and discrimination.
Mr Ahenu noted it is against this bedrock that GLOMEF with support from Safe Abortion Fund is implementing a three-year project to increase young people access to safe abortion and contraceptive services in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The CEO said under the project, Adolescent Health Clubs would be established in 28 Senior and Junior High Schools in urban and rural communities.
Mr. Ahenu Jnr lamented that efforts being made by his NGO to promote family planning services are sometimes thwarted by misconceptions and myths that some churches and other religious institutions had on sexual reproductive health care services especially on safe abortion
Ms Joyce Aku Lamptey, Secretary of the Students Representative Council (SRC) noted that many adolescent girls could not abstain from sexual intercourse and the only way to guide them against unwanted pregnancies is to ensure that they readily get family planning and other sexual reproductive health services in communities.
She observed that teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion had ruined the lives and killing many girls adding that according to statistics unsafe abortion alone contributed to about 15 percent of maternal deaths in the country.
Ms Lamptey explained that Ghana could make a headway in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs four and five) if women and girls are encouraged to opt for family planning services which also capture comprehensive abortion methods.
She noted that teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion is assuming alarming proportion especially in the Dormaa Municipality and stressed the need to create avenues where young girls could go and access sex education without shyness.
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