Ghana: Government Spearheads Sensitization on Reproductive Health

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The Ghanaian government has recently organized a sensitization program aimed at educating young women on issues that concern reproductive health, using an interactive method.

Tagged “Secure Girls Talk”, the forum was organized by the PSI Ghana to share thoughts and issues related to family planning and how it can improve relationships was successfully completed, and was funded by the USAID as a way of supporting the Ghanaian government with sustainable Social Marketing, Behaviour Change Communication and Provider Behaviour Change Communication (PBCC) interventions to improve the health status of the population.

Discussions at the forum centered on achieving personal goals without unplanned pregnancies becoming a barrier, the misconceptions of using contraceptives, the importance of family planning, and the secrets to successful long-term love relationships.

During the forum, an expert, Dr. Emmanuel Ameh, an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist at the Ghana Health Service spoke extensively on the subject of family planning expatiating on various misconceptions about family planning being harmful to the reproductive health of women.

Methods such as injectables, implants, intrauterine device (IUD), and patches, “do not in any way tamper with future pregnancy and does not also in any way affect an individual’s sex life”.

“Family planning should not be seen as only a means to prevent pregnancy, but also a convenient and safer way to help women plan to get pregnant when they want to”.

He lauded Secure Oral Contraceptive brand for the initiative, stating that, “the Secure Girls Talk series is an important platform to give young women the opportunity to learn more about their sexuality”.

“The more we discuss sexuality, the more people are prepared to plan their relationships, marriages or pregnancies and the more they take wise decisions. It’s my firm belief that going forward with these series, we can reorient young women to become more responsible both now and in their adult life,” he said.

This is the third edition of Secure Girls Talk, and it gathered together a variety of young Ghanaian women to interact with experts about their fears and challenges.

The programme ended on a good note with Over 100 students in attendance.