Most persons with mental health disorders are excluded from Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) education, the Greater Accra Alliance for Mental Health Project, has disclosed.
Mr Anaba Sunday Atua, the Project coordinator, at a meeting to review and document lessons from an SRHR project, said there was the need for segregated data from government agencies to inform policy and planning that catered for the sexual reproductive health rights of persons affected by mental conditions.
Persons with mental disorders are vulnerable and mostly taken advantage of especially woman and youth affected by mental health disorders, Mr Atua said.
“They face issues such as unplanned pregnancies and they are usually sexually exploited and face violence,”
Mr Atua called on health care workers and the social workers to be more sensitive to the SRHR care needs of persons with mental disorders.
He pointed out that while implementing a project on SRHR for persons with mental health disorders, they realized that male participation in SRHR education was useful in curbing some of the challenges faced by woman and girls.
Mr Atua therefore called for increased male engagement in the provision of SRHR needs of persons with mental health disorders