To lay emphasis on the adage ?charity begins at home,? the Ark Foundation in partnership with ActionAid and funding from NORAD, last Saturday organized a sensitization exercise at Medie, a suburb of Accra on sexual and reproductive health to ensure quality upbringing of the girl child right from infancy.

Ms. Millicent Boasti, the coordinator for Young Urban Women: Life Choices and Livelihood Project (YUWP), in her key note address said, the exercise is to educate the public on reproductive health rights of young women and enhance economic participation.

According to her,?empowering the public will ensure successful implementation of YUWP goals during and after the project which will run for two and half (2.5) years?.

She noted that, to achieve the project?s goal of empowering 2000 women living in poverty to become economically independent, they will need a collaborative effort from the general public to fight for the rights of girls in the in the country.

Ms. Boastsi, therefore called on parents, guardians, opinion leaders, and the various institutions to come on board the YUWP train to secure a brighter future for young women.

Speaking on the theme ?understanding sexual and reproductive health,? the Principal Nursing Officer at Ga West Health Directorate, Mrs. Love Yaa Boadu in her speech, outlined the various family planning methods and the need to control child bearing.

She said the most effective method is of family planning counseling and abstinence. ???we can?t force people to abstain from sex especially the young one but in an instance where this method is not applicable, the use of condoms, contraceptive pills and injections are advised to plan child bearing. She added that IUD and Norplant which are inserted into the uterus can also be adopted to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Planning child bearing? reduces the need for unsafe abortion and make informed choices

Mrs. Boadu entreated the attendees to seek further medical attention on family planning from the various health centers across the country. She also advised mothers especially young women to visit the clinics frequently during pregnancy to help reduce maternal mortality

Source: Evelyn B. Yeboah

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