The Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health (GHARH) project is awarded to Palladium (Futures Group Europe (FGE) by UKaid. The project supports implementation of the national adolescent health and development strategy.
The Project implementation period is three years: Jan 2014 - March 2017.
The project focus is all the 27 districts of Brong ahafo, the regional coordinating council in Brong-Ahafo region, as well as supports four key national agencies namely:
National Youth Authority (NYA)
National Population Council (NPC)
Ghana Health Service (GHS)
Ghana Education Service (GES)
Project activities are implemented in schools, communities and within the health system
GHARH works through Government of Ghana agencies and structures, using existing policies, strategies and guide lines and five selected NGOs. GHARH seeks to:
- Strengthen the Government of Ghana's capacity to implement and manage delivery of the Adolescent Reproductive Health programme.
- Improve access to appropriate health information by adolescents and youth aged 10-24 years.
- Improve access to and utilization of quality reproductive health services by adolescents.
- Create a supportive environment for the development of the adolescent friendly health services.
- Improve the coordination and management of adolescent health programmes by Government agencies.
- Help to generate evidence that will allow the scale up of cost-effective adolescent reproductive health interventions.
National Youth Authority (NYA) CONTRIBUTION TO GHARH
NYA as a key partner is mandated to ensure youth development and the need for effective mobilization, productive engagement and the creation of an enabling environment youth participation. NYA sees health issues as a priority, hence is collaborating with other Partners to implement GHARH.
Key activities of focus include:
- Capacity building of young people, community opinion leaders including parents
- Formation of ARH association for head porters (Kayayee).
- Formation of adolescent clubs in mining communities.
- Peer-to-peer community outreach with club members.
- Mapping of out of school youth associations
- Special engagement of persons with disability
NYA Achievement so far;
- Trained 1,400 out of school youth leaders as peer educators
- Trained 47 Queen mothers to serve as lay counsellors on ASRH
- Established a social media platform for both out of school and in school adolescents and youth groups to continue with discussions on ARH.
- Mainstreamed ARH onto the agenda of National Youth Policy Oversight Committee (NYPOC) to ensure that ARH issues are not overlooked in the youth policy.
- Collated a data directory of youth groups / organizations and created an online registration platform as well as district registration desks
- Printed 23,150 ARH awareness creation materials (bags, hats, note pads, pencil cases and certificates)