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1. Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health Porgramme (GHARH Programme)
PPAG has successfully completed a grant making process leading to the start of a new youth project titled Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health Project – GHARH. The project is being implemented in six selected districts of the Brong Ahafo Region and in 72 communities. It is a pilot project funded by the UK Government (DFID/UKAID) through the Palladium Group and Coordinated at the national level by the National Population Council (NPC – Ghana). It is a one year project to be implemented between October 2015 to September 2016.
The total grant awarded for the implementation of the project is GHS 1,100,179.50.
The project intends to achieve the following objectives:
- to increase young people’s (10-24 years) access to quality SRHR services by 15% by end of September 2016 in 72 communities from six districts
- to increase young people’s direct access to contraceptives by 15% by end of September 2016 in 72 communities in six districts
- to reduce by 10%, the incidence of adolescent unwanted pregnancies in 72 communities from six district by end of September 2016
- to establish partnership with 18 public and private facilities as well as social justice institutions (DOVVSU) to deliver quality youth friendly SRHR services in six district by end of September 2016.
The GHARH project will therefore build on and sustain PPAG’s work in the Brong Ahafo region through the just ended ASK programme.
WAHO programme in Ghana remains critical to the entire countries reproductive health programme. The institution is part of the countries contraceptive support scheme as well as provides capacity building support to the mainstream health system and provided support to NGOs in the area of reproductive health. PPAG is a key partner to the Ghana Health Service and therefore part of the national WAHO programme support beneficiaries.
As part of the programme, PPAG continues to be a strong civil society partner implementing specific programmes to improve the reproductive health status of the Ghanaian. In 2014/2015, the WAHO funded project “Promoting Contraceptive Among Students of Tertiary Institutions” implemented in three tertiary institutions came to a successful end.
PPAG received additional funding from WAHO towards the end of 2015 to support further actions in the tertiary institutions to promote contraceptive use among sexually active youth. The funds also supports PPAG to build capacity of youth programme officers in the development and implementation of youth programmes that responds to the sexual and reproductive health challenges of the youth as well as improving the Associations’ Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) programme.