The Director of Operations at Global Media Foundation, Victor Fosu Boamah, has stressed the need to provide young people and persons in fertility age with information on reproductive rights to be able to make informed choices and have a sense of entitlement to service using the rights based approach to service provision.
According to him, lack of privacy and confidentiality due to the embarrassment the adolescents do receive from staff of some of health facilities discourages them from patronizing proper reproductive health services.
Mr. Fosu Boamah was speaking at Chiraa in the Sunyani West District of Brong-Ahafo during an Adolescent Health forum for young people which was organized by the Global Media Foundation [GLOMeF] as part of activities to marking this year?s International Youth Day.
The programme was under the Safe Abortion Fund(SAAF)/GlomeFthree-year Project called Advocating for Young People Access to Safe Abortion and Contraceptive Services in Ghana, which is running in 21 communities in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Mr. Fosu Boamah called for appropriate and effective behavioral change communication strategies for women and the youth to ensure positive behavior change among them.
Hestressed the need for an all-year round education on reproductive health in schools, communities, churches and all other places as a major way of reducing the high rate of illegal and unsafe abortions among the youth, especially teenagers.