Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) – Tamale

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The Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) is a youth project that is funded by the Dutch government through IPPF. PPAG works with other alliance members such as NORSAC, Curious Minds, Hope For Future Generations (HFFG), Savanna Signatures and Presbyterian Health Services- North to implement the GUSO programme.

In PPAG, the project is being implemented in the Northern Zone, covering 10 communities in the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region and Sagnarigu district of the Northern Region (5 communities per district).

The project targets young people (10-24 years) especially marginalized groups like Young People With Disabilities (YPWDs), Young People Living with HIH (YPLHIV) and female porters, and is intended to improve adolescents access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and services including contraceptives, towards the achievement of national targets in maternal and child health and the SDGs.

The project start up activities which were basically community entry and sensitization forums on SRHR were organized and carried out successfully in all the project communities.

The identification and contacts of key stakeholders such as Ghana Health Services (GHS), Ghana Education Services (GES), Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), National Youth Authority (NYA), Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) among others was also done to ensure effective participation in the project implementation.

The quest for the GUSO project to ensure total inclusiveness drove the team to identify and meet with marginalized groups like the District Federation of the Disabled (DFD), Female head porters, YPLHIV and in the case of Bolga Municipal, Female Sex Workers in addition; which are all expected to benefit from the project.

To support young peoples’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), formation of other community structures such as the Adult Support Group and Community Project Management Committees were also formed.

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GUSO Project Inception meeting with Jisonayili Chief and elders, led by Chief Alhassan I. Amadu (former Northern Zonal Treasurer of PPAG)

Youth durbar at Gurugu; one of the new communities

Youth durbar at Gurugu; one of the new communities

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